February 25 - February 25 Introduction to Comparative...

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February 25 Introduction to Comparative Politics Topics - The difficulty of comparing political phenomenon - Historical overview of comparative politics - can think of it as operating on 2 levels o one is the study of other countries o Examining the discipline of political science itself. Comparative political science is the caretaker of the discipline Regarding how scientific politics can actually be By studying other countries comparatives try to get a better understanding of politics - good question would be why are some countries democratic and others not why do some have concentrated powers and others dispersed , rich vs. poor - Cause of number of social and political phenomenon. - Legacy and development of this country. This is the different. - Maybe it is because another country has different political institutions that they operate differently - Impact on people - Democratic countries tend to go to war less then non democratic countries. Comparatives look at that and try to understand why - By looking at origins you can make conclusion - Comparative politics is very broad when you look at ideologies; economics etc. look at it with a view to finding out more about politics in general. - As individuals we can gain insight to things that are happening elsewhere that might be interesting to us. - This senate debate has been enriched by looking at the senate of Australia or US. - By comparing and studying countries we can gain knowledge that we can use in our own country and copy successes. - When we discuss public policy we always find these things. - Comparative examples often enrich our own public debates. - Trying to understand how we should compare things in the first place. Need to establish a guide or framework on how we should compare these countries. - Comparative politics is systematic. - Comparative method- way to draw conclusions. If you want to compare countries with the hope of making generalizations. - We have to understand what causality is. - Finding the cause of something is very difficult in politics - The problem is obvious; we cannot control the variables like we can in hard sciences. We can find the correlation but it doesn’t mean that something causes it. - We have to be careful when we compare to realize that we are dealing with humans. - Human beings are hard to study - Sometimes you can find examples of causations.
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- Another problem is that the world and the countries of the world are amazingly diverse in terms of language geography, history and political institutions. You cannot find 2 countries with the same variables. This is a limitation - What tends to happen is countries are compared that are fairly similar - Another problem with it is that we have very few cases to go on. We only have 200-some odd countries and it gets even smaller if we try to control for certain variables. -
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