comparative politics

  1. Contextual Descripton
    • -"Thick Description"
    • -Attempts to explain a wide range of factors deemed important for a particular context or contexts (country, historical event, a particular social group)
  2. Normative Theory
    • -The realm of political philosophy
    • -"What ought to be"
  3. Empirical Theory
    Theory designed to explain the relationship between 2 or more variables
  4. Inference
    • The attempt to use observations of facts to explain something that may not be directly observable
    • -Inference is what gives rise to political theories
  5. Units of Analysis
    • -the objects of observation
    • -countries, regional bodies, individual political leaders, electoral systems, etc.
    • -should be directly comparable units
  6. Micro-level Analysis
    explains political phenomena as a function of individuals' influence
  7. Macro-level Analysis
    Explanations that derive from identification of structures that impact the political world (ex: Marxism)
  8. Meso-level Analysis
    Mixes micro and macro and identifies "middle-level" structures such as institutions, that influence individual behavior, and vice-versa
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comparative politics
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