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University of Toronto Scarborough
Political Science
R Rice

LECTURE 2Concepts in Comparative AnalysisOUTLINEI What and how does Comparative Politics CompareII Themes for Comparative AnalysisIII Concepts for Comparative AnalysisI What and How Does Comparative Politics CompareComparative Politics isa A subfield within the discipline of political science2 competing schools of thoughBehavioralistsStatistical analysis complex mathematics scholars that emphasize more universal theories by examining a large number of cases quantitative schoolInterpretivistsScholars that emphasize an indepth analysis of politics within a few cases paying attention to specific country contexts qualitative schoolArea StudiesThe detailed examination of politics within a specific geographical setting not necessarily involving comparisons students are more generalists less specialistsQ is the field of Area Studies still relevant in Political Science todayY need grounded information specialized need to look at how local politics affects globalN international facts diffusion contagion universal theories are more importantb A method or approach to the study of politicsMost Similar Systems DesignMost similar systems design the study across similarities select 2 or more countries in all respects except for the phenomenon being investigatedQ Why do indigenous movements arise Ex Ecuador Bolivia Peru
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