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.

Social Movements

Social movements
VincentBoudreau and David S.Meyer

Introduction

Comparative politics has often been a little unsure about what exactly needed to be compared when it comes to social movements. In some studies, the operational definition of a social movement shifts to fit the empirical case or cases at hand, while in others, the term does not appear at all, replaced by non-governmental organizations, democratization campaigns, labor movements, agrarian mobilization, and revolutions – among other terms. As with other subjects, comparative politics has produced a large number of single country case studies, informed by explicitly comparative theoretical concerns, which often address larger theoretical questions. And, as with other subjects, the field has produced a number of explicitly comparative studies that sacrifice some amount of detail for theoretical parsimony. ...

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