Historical Enquiry and Comparative Politics

James Mahoney and Celso M. Villegas

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780199566020
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191577482 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Historical Enquiry and Comparative Politics

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This article discusses historical enquiry, which has always been central to the field of comparative politics. It examines the various methods of causal analysis and temporal analysis, and shows how historical analysts properly use historical data. This article shows that historical analysis embodies a distinctive set of techniques for the assessment of causal hypotheses, for the analysis of data, and for the study of temporal processes.

Keywords: historical enquiry; comparative politics; causal analysis; temporal analysis; historical analysts; historical data; causal hypotheses; temporal processes

Article.  7708 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics ; Political Methodology

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