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Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics

An Introduction, 3rd Edition

By Todd Landman

© 2008 – Routledge

362 pages | 38 B/W Illus.

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Building on the strengths of the second edition, this highly regarded textbook continues to provide the best introduction to the strategies of comparative research in political science.

Divided into three parts, the book begins by examining different methods, applying these methods to dominant issues in comparative politics using a wealth of topical examples from around the world, and then discusses the new challenges in the area. New to this edition:

  • features explanation of regression analysis with accompanied briefing boxes
  • new discussion of the assumptions, research design, and the use of statistics characteristic of many-country comparisons
  • single and multi-country studies - how to compare countries and address problems of comparison, especially the principles for selecting countries
  • new chapter on the intersection between international relations and comparative politics
  • all chapters have been updated with new publications and research output relevant to the discussion.

Balancing reader friendly features with high quality analysis makes this popular academic text essential reading for everyone interested comparative politics and research methods.


'If this textbook had been available when I was a college senior or first-year graduate student, it would have saved me months of muddled thinking about what comparative politics is and how it should be done.' - Michael Coppedge, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame, USA

'Todd Landman’s scientifically elegant new book contains a wealth of substantive and methodological content that should inspire much progress in comparative politics theory and research. From an interdisciplinary perspective, it inspires parallel efforts in the other social sciences, as well as serve a highly useful function as reference in computational social science and the comparative analysis of models and metrics … the leading methodologically-oriented text in the field.' - Claudio Cioffi-Revilla, Ph.D, Professor of Computational Social Science, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason University, USA

Table of Contents

Part 1: Why, How, and Problems of Comparison 1. Why compare countries? 2. How to compare countries 3. Comparing many countries 4. Comparing few countries 5. Case studies as comparison Part 2: Comparing Comparisons 6. Economic development and democracy 7. Violent political dissent and social revolution 8. Non-violent political dissent and social movements 9. Transitions to democracy 10. Institutional design and democratic performance 11. Human rights 12. International relations and comparative politics Part 3: Comparative Methods and New Issues 13. Common themes and different comparisons 14. New challenges for comparative politics

About the Author

Todd Landman is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Essex and Deputy Director of the Human Rights Centre.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Political
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory