How to Compare Nations: Strategies in Comparative Politics

How to Compare Nations: Strategies in Comparative Politics

How to Compare Nations: Strategies in Comparative Politics

How to Compare Nations: Strategies in Comparative Politics

Synopsis

"In How to Compare Nations, Dogan and Pelassy have constructed a succinct and unconventional guide to the conduct of comparative analysis and the construction of social science theory. It should be required reading for all first-year graduate students; its use at the undergraduate level would be a sign of educational professionalism." - American Political Science Review

Excerpt

This book discusses strategies of comparison and explores some new perspectives in comparative research. The importance of the problems we are raising led us to renounce voluntarily dealing with methodological and technical issues, the exploration of which would require another book. We are focusing instead on the general strategy of comparative research. We do not intend to make an inventory of all the accumulated knowledge on political parties, pressure groups, parliaments, bureaucracies, electoral behavior, and so on. Rather, our aim is to present a critical appraisal, a "state of the art."

Our American readers will find in this book many authors familiar to them. Indeed, the field of comparative politics is dominated by Americans. But the perceptions and perspectives of European scholars differ somewhat from those widely accepted on the other side of the Atlantic river.

In the second edition we have introduced recent critical reflections, new approaches, and developments in the literature, without discarding the classical works that continue to inspire comparative political science and comparative political sociology. Today as much as yesterday, we have preferred to ask questions rather than give answers.

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