Comparing Forms of Comparative Analysis

  title={Comparing Forms of Comparative Analysis},
  author={Richard Rose and W. J. M. Mackenzie},
  journal={Political Studies},
  pages={446 - 462}
This paper compares the different ways in which comparative analysis is undertaken by political scientists today. The first section explains why concepts are a necessary attribute of comparison; it is followed by a discussion of what comparison is not, i.e. studies that emphasize the incomparability of a country, lack concepts or, as in ‘landless' theory, ignore real countries. The commonest form of comparative analysis, countries examined as parallel independent cases, is the subject of the… 

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