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Chapter 2: Methodologies for Comparative Analysis
Before progressing to discussions of specific institutions and actors, it is necessary to appreciate the research methods that are appropriate to the relevant theories and their application in a comparative context. It is these issues that this chapter will now address.
As we have already noted from Chapter 1, political scientists are not in agreement with regard to which theoretical approach provides the most effective explanation of why political institutions have developed in particular ways, and of how people behave politically. On the one hand, much the same can be said with regard to ...