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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, Old and New

Comparative Politics, Old and New

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(p.372) Chapter 15 Comparative Politics, Old and New
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A New Handbook of Political Science
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David E. Apter

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198294719.003.0015

Traces the development of intellectual traditions in comparative politics from the ‘old’ to the ‘new’. ‘Old’ comparative politics reflects a focus on institutionalism and ‘new’ comparative politics has arisen in part because of the end of the Cold War, devolution of powers, the rise of social democracy in Europe, decolonization, and democratization. We are now witnessing ‘neo‐institutionalism’, characterized by a restoration of the political to centre stage, the use of rational choice perspectives, and economic analysis due to the importance of market forces and globalization.

Keywords:   comparative politics, decolonization, democratization, devolution, Europe, institutionalism, rational choice, social democracy

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