Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics: An Introduction

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Comparative government - 251 pages
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Why do we compare countries? How do we compare countries? What are the big issues' of comparative politics? This text provides students with the answers to these fundamental questions. It explores the strategies of comparative research in political science. It begins by examining different methods and then highlights some of the big issues of comparative politics, using topical examples emphasizing the act of comparing as a means to explain observed phenomena. Part one shows how and why comparative politics is important, the strengths and weaknesses of different comparative methods, and the problems encountered in conducting political research. Part two addresses the dominant issues in comparative politics, including economic development and democracy, violent political dissent and revolution, non-violent political dissent and social movements, transitions to democracy, and institutional design and democratic performance. Part three draws important lessons for comparative politics and discusses the key challenges for the field in the 21st century.

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Todd Landman is Reader in the Department of Government at the University of Essex. He is author of Studying Human Rights (Routledge 2006), Protecting Human Rights (2005), and co-author of Governing Latin America (2003) and Citizenship Rights and Social Movements (1997).

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