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.

Comparative Politics and International Relations

Comparative politics and international relations
John M.Hobson

Introduction

The relationship between the disciplines of International Relations (IR) and Comparative Politics (CP) – as well as Comparative Political Economy (CPE) and Comparative Sociology (CS) – despite a prima facie or intuitive appearance of natural or inherent overlap, turns out to be highly complex, fraught and problematic. For given that CP scholars often assume that they work broadly within IR, it is naturally perplexing to be told by many IR scholars that their disciplines share very little in common: that ‘CP is not IR’. It is indeed perplexing, of course, because so many CP scholars frame their analyses within an international context. One need only think of scholars such as Theda Skocpol (1979) or Michael ...

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