The Comparative Method

@inproceedings{Collier1993TheCM,
  title={The Comparative Method},
  author={D. Collier},
  year={1993}
}
Comparison is a fundamental tool of analysis. It sharpens our powers of description, and plays a central role in concept-formation by bringing into focus suggestive similarities and contrasts among cases. Routinely used in testing hypotheses, it can also contribute to the inductive discovery of new hypotheses and to theory-building. This chapter examines distinct perspectives from the past two decades on the comparative method – understood as the systematic comparison of a relatively small… Expand

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