Lecture 5 - Comparison

Lecture 5 - Comparison - Poly Sci Lecture 5 Comparison Why...

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Poly Sci Lecture 5 Comparison - Why do we compare? - The Comparative Method. - Mill’s Method of Agreement - Mill’s Method of Difference - Comparing Democracies o Lijphart: Patterns of Democracy Two Cornerstones of Comparative Politics - Scientific Method: Employs a set of rules and methods of investigating reality logically and systematically - Comparison: Learning and understanding by comparing two or more cases Why do we compare? - We can learn about ourselves by comparing ourselves to others - Allows us to figure out what makes good and efficient governments - Can learn the benefits in other countries that we can use/compare to ourselves - By learning what other countries are like, we can understand how to relate to them - Look and learn about how other countries think of and see us. - Build up general knowledge of how politics work - Teaches us what is similar and different about countries - Teaches us to relate the particularities of individual countries to broader trends and processes - We can never understand a phenomenon by looking at only one example of it; only by systematically examining similarities and differences can we begin to understand it - We learn about our own country by looking beyond itl we can only improve ourselves by honestly comparing us to others Therefore. .. -
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