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The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Politics presents in one volume an authoritative overview of the theoretical, methodological, and substantive elements of comparative political science. The 28 specially commissioned chapters, written by renowned comparative scholars, guide the reader through the central issues and debates, presenting a state-of-the-art guide to the past, present, and possible futures of the field.

Introduction
Introduction
ToddLandman and NeilRobinson

Comparative politics has firmly established itself as a significant, vibrant, and definitive tradition and field of inquiry in the discipline of political science. The field, at least as far as research and postgraduate teaching are concerned, has moved well beyond its early ‘public law’ phase of comparative institutionalism and its more parochial labelling as ‘anything that studies countries outside the United States’ (see, e.g. Valenzuela, 1988; Landman, 2000, 2003, 2008). It is now one that is at the centre of debates on normative and empirical theory (Lichbach and Zuckerman, 1997), quantitative and qualitative methodology (King et al., 1994; Brady and Collier, 2004; Gerring, 2007), and the ability for political science scholarship to have practical relevance to practitioners and policy makers across a ...

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