Is the Science of Comparative Politics Possible?

Adam Przeworski

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

Is the Science of Comparative Politics Possible?

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This article provides an overview of the issues needed in making causal inferences, when the generated data come from processes that are not controlled by the researcher. This overview serves as an introduction to the issues that have been discussed in detail by other researchers. This article emphasizes that the possible causes of these issues may include events, institutions, and policies. It also tries to determine if the science of comparative politics exists, by identifying the problem, the kinds of data, and the potential biases. Several historical studies are also provided.

Keywords: causal inferences; issues; science; problem; kinds of data; potential bias; historical studies

Article.  10469 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics ; Political Methodology

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