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Comparative Methodology and Political Behavior

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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
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