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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.

The Globalization of Comparative Public Opinion Research
The globalization of comparative public opinion research
PippaNorris
Introduction

One of the most dramatic recent developments, transforming the field of comparative politics during recent decades, has been the expanding range of survey resources facilitating the systematic cross-national analysis of public opinion around the globe. This process started more than four decades ago, with Gabriel Almond and Sidney Verba's path-breaking The civic culture (1963), which was immediately recognized and acclaimed by Philip Converse (1964) as ‘an instant classic’. Previously a few other cross-national attitudinal studies had been deployed, notably, William Buchanan and Hadley Cantril's 9-country How nations see each other (1953), sponsored by UNESCO, sociological surveys of social stratification, and USIA surveys of attitudes toward international affairs.1 The civic culture survey laid ...

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