Overview of Comparative Politics

Carles Boix and Susan C. Stokes

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Science

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199604456
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Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Overview of Comparative Politics

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This article discusses several crucial questions that comparative political scientists address. These questions also form part of the basis of the current volume. The article first studies the theory and methods used in gathering data and evidence, and then focuses on the concepts of states, state formation, and political consent. Political regimes, political conflict, mass political mobilization, and political instability are other topics examined in this article. The latter portion of the article is devoted to determining how political demands are processed and viewing governance using a comparative perspective.

Keywords: comparative political scientists; theory; states; political consent; state formation; comparative perspective; mass political mobilization; political regimes; political conflict; political instability

Article.  11295 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Methodology

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