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A New Handbook of Political Science$
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Robert E. Goodin and Hans-Dieter Klingemann

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294719

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294719.001.0001

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Comparative Politics: An Overview

Comparative Politics: An Overview

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(p.309) Chapter 12 Comparative Politics: An Overview
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A New Handbook of Political Science
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Peter Mair (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198294719.003.0012

Provides an overview of the field of comparative politics, tracing changes from abstraction and generalization to mid‐level analysis caused by changes in methodological techniques. Restriction in scope has led to institutional specificities and the analysis of the political as an independent variable. Key questions now relate to what politics does rather than what politics is. Specialization, internationalization, and professionalism are the new watchwords of comparative politics. Methodological consequences and issues are discussed.

Keywords:   comparative politics, institutions, internationalization

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