April 6, 2017: what is comparative politics, the method of comparing countries that can help us make arguments about cause and effect by drawing evidence, ex. While in others, power is concentrated in the hands of a few: ex. Why is south korea democratic while north korea is not: the 1st female president was impeached: park geun-hye, despite having a common language, ethnicity, and regional proximity; these two countries have had very different political histories. The comparative method: two ways to generate hypothesis, inductive: find evidence and form hypothesis, deductive: form hypothesis and then find evidence, ex. Early computers and advanced mathematics paved the way for a science of politics. Emphasis placed on variables that can be quantitatively tested and measure and expressed in numerical form. Refresh: which method (quant or qual) emphasizes which type of reasoning (ind or ded. , qualitative method to inductive, quantitative to deductive.