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 Political Economy

Comparative political economy


In many research areas interdisciplinary research constitutes the rule rather than the exception. In the social sciences, one research area exists in which interdisciplinary research is programmatic: political economy. Over the last three decades, political economy has been one of the fastest growing approaches in the social sciences. Political economic reasoning has infiltrated virtually all disciplines and fields of research across the social sciences. Theories first formulated by political economists have improved our understanding of social interactions and social order, political behavior and choice and even market mechanisms in general.

In comparative politics, political economists have participated in three major theoretical developments: First, they helped establish an analytical perspective to politics in which uncovering regularities, patterns and causal mechanisms stand are ...

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