What are the conceptual and methodological challenges facing comparative politics today? This informative book discusses four main challenges that create stress for disciplinary reproduction and advancement, while providing potential solutions.
In seven chapters, the contributors cover the most pressing issues: the dissolution of the nation-state as the main objective of inquiry; the increasing complexity of concepts and methods; the capacity to accumulate knowledge; and the tensions between parsimonious and contextually rich explanations.
Scholars and students of comparative politics, international relations and political science will be interested in the up-to-date overview of pertinent conceptual problems, as well as the possible ways forward. Practitioners and decision-makers will find the real-world examples provided in this book useful to their work.
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Table of ContentsContents:
Dietmar Braun and Martino Maggetti
2. The Problem of Interdependence
Detlef Jahn and Sebastian Stephan
3. De-nationalization and Multi-level Governance
4. Between Parsimony and Complexity – System-wide Typologies as a Challenge in Comparative Politics
5. Methodological Pluralism
Olivier Giraud and Martino Maggetti
6. Knowledge Progress in Comparative Politics
Martino Maggetti and Dietmar Braun