Offers an overview of the theoretical, methodological and substantive elements of comparative political science. This book includes 28 specially commissioned chapters, that guide the reader through the central issues and debates. It considers comparative methodologies and reviews the interactions between various sub-fields of comparative politics.
'Editors Landman and Robinson have compiled an excellent tour d'horizon of comparative politics. Distinguished contributors explore theoretical and methodological issues as well as examine the critical substantive domains that animate today's comparativists. Graduate students and academics will want to keep this volume on their book shelf' - Professor Mark Irving Lichbach, University of Maryland. '"The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Politics" is a major new resource for scholars of comparative politics, and of political science more generally. The Handbook covers the field with admirable thoroughness, but does not sacrifice depth for breadth. The chapters are written by notable scholars who provide rich discussions of their topics, and help to move the sub-discipline forward' - B. Guy Peters, Professor, University of Pittsburgh. "The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Politics" presents; in one volume, an authoritative overview of the theoretical, methodological and substantive elements of comparative political science.; The 28 specially commissioned chapters, written by renowned comparative scholars, guide the reader through the central issues and debates, presenting a state-of-the-art guide to the past, present and possible futures of the field. The Handbook is divided into three parts. The first considers comparative methodologies and reviews the interactions between various sub-fields of comparative politics: political economy; political sociology; area studies; international relations; and institutional analysis. The second section examines nine 'classic' issues of concern to comparativists, including government formation, political behaviour and democratization. In the final section, nine new and emerging areas of comparative research are considered, such as terrorism, electoral corruption, human rights and regional integration. "The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Politics" is an essential resource for researchers in political science, political sociology, political economy, international relations, area studies and all other fields with a comparative political dimension.
Introduction - Todd Landman and Neil Robinson Part I: Methods and Fields of Comparative Politics The Distinctiveness of Comparative Research - Charles C. Ragin and Claude Rubinson Global Comparative Methods - Paul Pennings, Hans Keman and Jan Kleinnijenhuis Case Studies - Darren Hawkins Is there a Quantitative-Qualitative Divide in Comparative Politics? The Case of Process Tracing - James A. Caporaso Establishing Equivalence - Jan W. van Deth Comparative Political Sociology - Willfried Spohn Comparative Institutional Analysis - Vivien A. Schmidt Comparative Political Economy - Thomas Pl mper The Contribution of Area Studies - Stephen E. Hanson Comparative Politics and International Relations - John M. Hobson Part II: Classic Issues in Comparative Politics Postindustrial Democracies: Political economy and democratic partisan competition - Herbert Kitschelt Government Formation - Wolfgang C. M ller Institutional Design - Josep M. Colomer Comparative Political Behaviour: What is being compared? - Shaun Bowler Changes in the Causes of Democratization through Time - Barbara Geddes Political Culture - Christian Welzel Revolution - Jack A. Goldstone Social Movements - Vincent Boudreau and David S. Meyer Corruption - Paul Heywood Part III: New and Emerging Issues in Comparative Politics Electoral Authoritarianism - Andreas Schedler Electoral Corruption - Sarah Birch Comparative Federalism - David McKay Human Rights - Todd Landman Governance - Philip Keefer Terrorism - Jennifer S. Holmes Comparative Regional Integration and Regionalism - Fredrik Soderbaum Transitional Justice - Paola Cesarini The globalization of comparative public opinion research - Pippa Norris