Chap 1 notes 8-29-07

Chap 1 notes 8-29-07 - Chapter 1 Approaches to Comparing...

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Chapter 1: Approaches to Comparing State and Local Governments What is the comparative method? -A learning approach based on studying differences and similarities among units of analysis The comparative Method in 5 steps- What explains differences in “in-state” tuition rates? Step 1: Describe Get the relevant facts. Know the case. Step 2: Develop a case specific explanation Identifying case specific details, events, and actors as causes For instance: Student at TAMU pays more in-state tuition than a student at UA because the Texas Legislature budgeted a smaller per student subsidy than the Arizona legislature. Step 3: formulate a general conceptual explanation Replace specific with general For example: Instead of: a student at TAMU pays more in-state tuition than one at UA because the Texas Legislature budgeted a smaller per student subsidy than the Arizona legislature. Say: students pay more or less in-state tuition based on the amount of per
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This note was uploaded on 03/28/2008 for the course POLS 207 taught by Professor Peterson during the Fall '07 term at Texas A&M.

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Chap 1 notes 8-29-07 - Chapter 1 Approaches to Comparing...

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