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POLB91 Week 2 Lecture Notes

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R Rice

POLB91 Week 2 1172012 101000 AM I What and how does comparative politics compare Comparative politics is a a subfield in Political Science and b a method or approach to the study of politics a subfield competing schools of thought y behaviouralists that emphasize statistical analysis and universal theories by examining a large number of cases or by using complex mathematical equations quantitative school y interpretivists scholars that emphasize an indepth analysis of politics within a few cases Paying attention to specific country contexts qualitative school area studies the detailed examination of politics within a specific geographical setting not necessarily including comparisonsIs the field of Area studies still relevant for political science and development and studies today YesNeed grounded specialized informationNeed to look at how local politics affect global politics Understand diversity of Global South No International forces affect local politics Universal theories are more importantb Method Most similar systems design the study of differences across similarities Select two or more countries similar in all respects except for the phenomenon being investigated Isolate single factor ie Why did indigenous movements arise Ecuador Bolivia Peru Andean countries Large indigenous populations Weak party systems Economically dependentPeru has strong Marxist tradition class based not ethnic
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