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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

Historical and Longitudinal Analyses
Historical and longitudinal analyses
Einar Berntzen
Introduction

Historical and longitudinal analyses constitute a prominent part of a research tradition in contemporary political science referred to as comparative historical analysis (CHA). This research tradition has the following three defining features:

First, a macro-configurational orientation that entails a concern with complex, macro-level, large-scale outcomes, which are often aggregated combinations of multiple events and processes. For example: state and nation building, democratic transitions, welfare state building, revolutions and the analysis of aggregate cases such as nation-states, political movements, welfare regimes, party systems, empires, and even whole civilizations and world systems.

Second, an emphasis on empirically grounded, problem-driven case-based research with a focus on explaining observed outcomes, real-world empirical puzzles often anchored in particular ...

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