Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 28, 1997 - Political Science - 321 pages
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Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure brings together leading political scientists to assess the research schools that direct scholarship in comparative politics. It examines rational choice theory, culturalist analysis, and structuralist approaches, by applying them to the study of electoral politics, social movements and revolutions, political economy and the state. The essays return analysis to basic questions concerning the development of theory and the nature of explanations. The contributors are established scholars and pioneers in the various sub-fields of comparative politics.
 

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Contents

Research Traditions and Theory in Comparative Politics An Introduction
3
Research Traditions in Comparative Politics
17
A Model a Method and a Map Rational Choice in Comparative and Historical Analysis
19
Culture and Identity in Comparative Political Analysis
42
Structure and Configuration in Comparative Politics
81
Theory Development in Comparative Politics
113
Electoral Behavior and Comparative Politics
115
Toward an Integrated Perspective on Social Movements and Revolution
142
The Role of Interests Institutions and Ideas in the Comparative Political Economy of the Industrialized Nations
174
Studying the State
208
Social Theory and Explanations in Comparative Politics
237
Social Theory and Comparative Politics
239
Reformulating Explanatory Standards and Advancing Theory in Comparative Politics
277
Subject Index
311
Author Index
313
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