What are comparative politics?

Comparative Politics

Comparative politics is a field and a method used in political science, characterized by an empirical approach based on the comparative method. Arend Lijphart argues that comparative politics does not have a substantive focus in itself, but rather a methodological one: it focuses on "the how but does not specify the what of the analysis." In other words, comparative politics is not defined by the object of its study, but rather by the method it applies to study political phenomena. Peter Mair and Richard Rose advance a slightly different definition, arguing that comparative politics is defined by a combination of a substantive focus on the study of countries' political systems and a method of identifying and explaining similarities and differences between these countries using common concepts. Rose states that, on his definition: "The focus is explicitly or implicitly upon more than one country, thus following familiar political science usage in excluding within-nation comparison. Methodologically, comparison is distinguished by its use of concepts that are applicable in more than one country."

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Some articles on comparative politics:

Steven Levitsky - Selected Bibliography - Journal Articles
... Party Politics ... East European Politics and Societies 27, No ... Comparative Politics 39, No ...
Political Science
... with the study of the state, government, and politics ... It deals extensively with the theory and practice of politics, and the analysis of political systems and political behavior ... from these revelations they attempt to construct general principles about the way the world of politics works." Political science intersects with other fields including economics, law, sociology, history ...
Some Major Works in Comparative Politics
... Aristotle In his work The Politics, Aristotle compares different "constitutions", by introducing a famous typology based on two criteria the number of rulers (one, few, many) and the nature of the ... Martin Lipset Political Man The Social Basis of Politics Barrington Moore In Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World (1966) Moore compares revolutions in ... Theda Skocpol In States and Social Revolutions A Comparative Analysis of France, Russia, and China Theda Skocpol compares the major revolutions of France, Russia and China three basically similar events which took ...
Frank Aarebrot
... He is professor of comparative politics at the University of Bergen and adjunct professor of democracy development at the Örebro University ... the University of Michigan and received his cand.polit.-degree in comparative politics in 1976 ... Since 1977 he has been employed by the Institute of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen ...

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