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.

Establishing Equivalence

Establishing equivalence
Jan W.van Deth


An Austrian businessman embarrassed his French colleagues by insisting on concluding their negotiations before they went to dinner. An Italian in Sweden could not find a religious association that would provide him with social support and was sent to the town hall to fill out a number of forms. A French politician appeared in a crisp white dress on the Chinese Wall and did not know that white indicates grief and mourning in that part of Asia. A Dutch couple decided to spend much money on a ‘deftig’ meal to celebrate their wedding anniversary in a German sea resort and were very disappointed to be served a very simple farmer's meal. An American fundraiser visited several European cities only to ...

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