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Unformatted text preview: Comparative Political Behavior- scientific, the individual, logic, the masses- Those who study any political phenomenon think that we gain knowledge of a social phenomenon by comparing. By doing this comparison, we get some kind of leverage.- Comparative methods. Logic comes from natural science- Logic applies to statistical analysis- Travel concept and equivalence concepts o Make sure that the measures use capture the phenomenon- Very influential measure in the study of democracy- How satisfied are you with the way democracy works in your country? o Can measure degree of satisfication with how democracy works o Lack of consensus of what this question/measure is doing o Validity: does this question really get to the information that I want? o Measures broad question and support Not legitimate o Question has to do with the performance of institutions in democracy- More likely that a new democracy represents a lower level of support o People do not identify the institution as something permanent Comparative Methodology and Political Behavior Types of Comparative Method- Lijphart (1971) identified three types: o Experimental Strongest possible approach to use in political science...
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This note was uploaded on 02/23/2012 for the course POSI 1310 taught by Professor Arnold during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08