Methods of Comparitive Politics

This paper describes various methodological approaches to comparative politics, including systems theory, Wiarda’s islands of theory, developmentalism and behavioralism.

The field of comparative politics is one in which a variety of different approaches have been undertaken to the material at hand, with varying results. … note that the field remains in flux at the time they are putting together their book of readings in the subject: There has been little theory building and cumulative empirical testing and data collection. There has been also little agreement on concepts and definitions or on the scope and range of comparative analysis There are various theoretical approaches apparent in different writers on the subject, however, whether or not those approaches have been codified or presented in a comprehensive and coherent manner as theory. … give a good overview of the way theoretical …

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