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Comparing Nations

Concepts, Strategies, Substance


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All Chapters within this book are explicitly comparative, the contributors deal with various methodological problems in comparative research: the pitfalls of miscomparing: the use and abuse of statistics: the conceptual homogenization of a heterogeneous perspective: the strategy of comparing similar countries: asynchronic comparisions: and the pendulum between theory and substance. These methodological issues are illustrated by empirical studies of important subjects: the fragility of the presidential regimes: the Japanese exceptionalism: the comparability of Latin America countries: the pertinence of an asynchronic comparison between weak states in post-colonial Africa and Medieval Europe: the deviant case of high stateness in a Muslim country: the empirical testing of the concepts of legitimacy and trust: the limits to quantification: and the specificity of the comparative method.All the contributors are outstanding comparativists, working at the forefront of the comparative field. The team includes Mattei Dogan, Joshua B. Forrest, Seymour Martin Lipset, Ali Kazancigil, John D. Martz, Fred W. Riggs and Giovanni Sartori.

Author Biography

Mattei Dogan is Scientific Director at the National Centre of Scientific Research, Paris, and Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Ali Kazancigil is Director of the Division for the International Development of Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO, Paris, and Editor of International Social Science Journal.
Release date NZ
April 1st, 1994
Edited by Ali Kazancigil Edited by Mattei Dogan
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Blackwell Publishers
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