New PDF release: Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics : An Introduction

By Todd Landman

ISBN-10: 0203170768

ISBN-13: 9780203170762

ISBN-10: 0415187281

ISBN-13: 9780415187282

Why will we examine countries? How can we evaluate countries? What are the 'big matters' in comparative politics? matters and strategies in Comparative Politics offers scholars with the solutions to those basic questions. it's an available and ordinary textual content which explores the ideas of comparative learn in political science.This e-book has been designed to make a fancy topic effortless and available to scholars. gains of this textbook include:* briefing containers positioned all through which clarify key suggestions and concepts* feedback for additional studying on the finish of every bankruptcy * a thesaurus of phrases.

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Alternatively, focus on one country or a few countries means that the researcher can use less abstract concepts that are more grounded in the specific contexts under scrutiny. For example, in the study of democratic institutions, a comparison of many countries may use a simple dichotomy between ‘presidential’ or ‘parliamentary’ political systems (Stepan and Skach 1993). A comparison of Latin American political systems, however, would have to adopt more refined categories of presidentialism since all the countries in the region are presidential (Jones 1995; Foweraker 1998).

2). 2 Hypothesis-testing Voting participation In Contemporary Democracies, Powell (1982) examines a number of key hypotheses concerning voter participation in twenty-nine democratic countries. Participation is measured using voter turnout, or the percentage of the eligible voters who actually voted in national elections. He argues that voting participation ought to be higher in countries with higher levels of economic development (per capita GNP), a representational constitution, electoral laws that facilitate voting, and a party system with strong alignments to groups in society (Powell 1982: 120–121).

It also requires knowledge of computers, spreadsheets, and statistical software packages. In response to these worries of students, there are several important things to consider. First, many undergraduate and most graduate programmes in political science require their students to take courses in statistics and political explanation, and some universities offer intensive data analysis training. Second, the development of computer technology combined with the availability of data makes this type of analysis much easier than in the past, and it is not unreasonable to assume that it will continue to do so.

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