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This essential new book brings together world class scholars to provide a completely new comparative politics text. It offers a comprehensive reivew of the complete democratic process and provides a framework for measuring and evaluating contemporary democracy and democratic performance around the world.
Chapter 3: Comparing Democracies: Theories and Evidence
Comparing Democracies: Theories and Evidence
The field of comparative politics has been characterized by a volatile relationship between methodological issues and a focus on political development. In the previous chapter Hans Daalder has given an account of how these two elements are not only intertwined, but also show an interaction. This development and the interaction between substance and method delineates ‘comparative politics’ as a distinct field of (or within) political science. To be exact: the development and diffusion of ‘democracy’ as a political and societal regime has dominated the research agenda of political science since the 1950s. Hence, research into and the analysis of democracy has always been a central concern of political scientists and the ‘core business’ of comparative politics ...