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This can be an immensely worthwhile publication for college kids beginning their very own learn… a great advent to the comparative approach giving an authoritative evaluation over the study strategy - Klaus Armingeon, college of BernDoing learn in Political technology is the publication for studying the comparative strategy in the entire social sciences- Jan-Erik Lane, college of GenevaThis booklet has verified itself as a concise and well-readable textual content on comparative tools and data in political technology I…strongly suggest it.- Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Philipps-University MarburgThis completely revised version of the preferred textbook bargains an available yet finished advent to comparative learn tools and information for college students of political technological know-how. in actual fact equipped round 3 elements, the textual content introduces the most theories and methodologies utilized in the discipline.Part 1 frames the comparative method in the methodological framework of the political and social sciences.Part 2 introduces uncomplicated descriptive and inferential statistical tools in addition to extra complex multivariate tools utilized in quantitative political analysis.Part three applies the equipment and methods of elements 1 & 2 to investigate questions drawn from modern issues and concerns in political science.Incorporating perform workouts, rules for additional analyzing and precis questions all through, Doing examine in Political technological know-how presents a useful step by step consultant for college students and researchers in political technological know-how, comparative politics and empirical political research.

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To conclude our discussion of the study of the relationship between politics and society: the theory-guided question within any type of comparative analysis is to what extent the ‘political’, in terms of explanatory units of variation (= variables), can indeed account for and is shaped by the political actions in one social system compared to another. Conversely, the theory-guided question, or research question, needs to be refined so as to define the units of measurement (= indicators) and thus the units of observation (= cases) in social reality.

In addition to Boolean logic, this approach has been developed into ‘fuzzy set’ logic (Ragin, 2000; Pennings, 2003a). These approaches are known in the literature as ‘qualitative case analysis’ (QCA). Boolean analysis and ‘fuzzy set’ logic will be explained and highlighted in Parts II and III. e. MSSD versus MDSD. • If we opt for an MSSD approach we assume the context to be (more or less) identical across all the cases under review, whereas using a MDSD approach, not constrained by the contextual bias, different contexts of cases can be compared.

Advanced texts: Mayer (1989), Marsh and Stoker (2002), Keman (1993c). g. , 1992; Keman, 1993d). Before we go into the comparative method as such in more detail, we shall first focus on the extant methodological controversies provoked by this debate (see also Collier, 1993; Landman, 2003). qxd 10/13/2005 11:41 AM Page 31 Meaning and Use of the Comparative Method: Research Design 31 What to compare? Rather than exclusively focusing on ‘macro-social’, ‘societal’ or ‘contextual’ entities, it should be clear from Chapter 2 that we propose to study the ‘political’ vis-à-vis the ‘societal’.

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