Comparative Politics:. Asking “Why” About The World. CP as a subfield of Political Science. What is Comparative Politics?. Study of Politics Within Countries Emphasis on politics “as they are,” not as they “should be”
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Asking “Why” About The World
20th century: CP gets cool. Why?
Behavioral revolution (1920s, 1930s), World War II, and post-colonialism (1950s and 1960s)
Ambrogio Lorenzetti. Allegory of Good Government. Detail. 1337-40. Fresco. Sala dei Nove, Palazzo Publico, Siena, Italy
Democracies & Democratization
Politics of Advanced Industrial Democracies
transitions to democracy
legislative institutions, electoral systems, party systems
capitalism and democracy
Effects of globalization
Citizenship; minority rights; immigration
Social movements & social mobilization
Nationalism & ethnic conflict:
Why did the East German regime collapse so suddenly in 1989?
Why did almost all the communist regimes of East Europe collapse in 1989?
What are some of the benefits (McCormick) -- and drawbacks -- of comparison?
Surveys & polls
Other government documents
What are the five main tasks (operations) good comparativists engage in, according to Sodaro?
Looking for answers:Methods in CP
Why didn’t Iraqi citizens overthrow Saddam Hussein in the 1980s and 1990s?
Diversity in CP: Scientists & Storytellers in search of explanation