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Issues and methods in comparative politics : an introduction / Todd Landman

Main Author Landman, Todd Country Reino Unido. Publication London : Routledge, 2000 Description XIX, 251 p. ; 25 cm ISBN 0-415-18728-1 CDU 321
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Mestrado em Ciência Politica Política Comparada 2º semestre

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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Why do we compare nations? How do we compare nations? What are the 'big issues' in comparative politics? Issues and Methods in Comparative Politicsprovides students with the answers to these fundamental questions. It is an accessible and user-friendly text which explores the strategies of comparative research in political science.

This book has been designed to make a complex subject easy and accessible to students. Features of this textbook include:

* briefing boxes located throughout which explain key concepts and ideas
* suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter
* a glossary of terms.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of Briefing Boxes
  • Introduction
  • Part One Why, How and Problems of Comparison
  • 1 Why Compare Countries: Reasons for comparison
  • The science in political science
  • Scientific terms and concepts
  • Summary
  • 2 How to Compare Countries: Methods of comparison
  • Comparing many countries
  • Comparing a few countries
  • Case studies as comparison
  • Conclusion
  • 3 Choosing Countries and Problems of Comparison: Too many variables too few countries
  • Establishing equivalence
  • Selection bias
  • Spuriousness
  • Ecological and individualist fallacies
  • Value bias
  • Conclusion
  • Part Two Comparing Comparisons
  • 4 Economic Development and Democracy: Many-country studies
  • Few-country studies
  • Single-country studies
  • Summary
  • 5 Violent Political Dissent and Revolution: Many country-studies
  • Few-country studies
  • Summary
  • 6 Non-violent Political Dissent and Social Movements: Many-country studies
  • Few-country studies
  • Single-country studies
  • Summary
  • 7 Transitions to Democracy: Many-country studies
  • Few-country studies
  • Single country studies
  • Summary
  • 8 Institutional Design and Democratic Performance: Many-country studies
  • Few-country studies
  • Single-country studies
  • Summary
  • Part Three Comparative Methods, New Issues and New Challenges
  • 9 Common Themes and Different Comparisons: Methodological trade-offs
  • Building theory
  • Drawing the lessons
  • 10 New Challenges for Comparative Politics: Full circle
  • New methods
  • New issues
  • Glossary of Terms
  • References

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Todd Landmanis 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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