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Strategies for Comparative Research in Political Science

ISBN-10: 0230220916
ISBN-13: 9780230220911
Edition: 2nd 2013 (Revised)
Authors: B. Guy Peters
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Book details

List price: $59.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 10/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.70" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Comparison is essential for the development of generalizations about politics and government. This book examines the issues involved in the attempts to compare political systems, and discusses how the methods and results of Comparative Politics can be improved. Covering a wide range of approaches to comparative research and presenting an array of case examples to illustrate his argument, Guy Peters provides both an accessible introduction to comparative methodology and a balance sheet of results and prospects.

B. Guy Peters is Maurice Falk Professor of American Government at the University of Pittsburgh. He has written extensively in the areas of public administration and public policy, both for the United States and comparatively. Among his recent publications are the Handbook of Public Administration and The Quest for Control: Politicization of the Public Service.

List of Key Texts
List of Tables
Preface
The Importance of Comparison
Forms of comparative analysis
Types of comparative studies
The content of comparisons
Cross-time comparisons
Conclusion
The Logic of Comparison
Comparative research design
Research design and case selection
Levels of analysis
Threats to validity in non-experimental research
Conclusion
The Number of Cases and Which Ones?
Strategies with different numbers of cases
Small-N research in general
Conclusion
Measurement and Bias
The traveling problem
Typologies
Triangulation
Nominal categories
Ideal-type analysis and measurement
Conclusion
The Role of Theory in Comparative Politics
Levels of explanation
Macro-level theories
Meso-level theories
Micro-level theories
State and society
Conclusion
The Case Study
Improving case research
Case studies
Conducting case research
Defining cases
The purposes of case research
The case as process
Issues in case study research
The role of the case researcher
Conclusion
Building on Case Analysis
Meta-analysis
Boolean algebra and cumulation
Conclusion
Events Data and Change Over Time
Events data
The method
Relationships with other methods
Potential problems
Conclusion
Statistical Analysis
Statistical modes of explanation in comparative politics
The question of time
The problem of context
Coping with a small N
Secondary analysis
Conclusion
The Future of Comparative Politics
Territory or function: choices in comparison
Theory and the restriction of perspective
Methods and the restriction of vision
The exceptional and the ordinary: what can we learn from each?
Modesty, but hope
The future of comparative politics
References
Index

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