Originally published in 1957, the first part of the book discusses the general problems of approach, classification, typology and terminology, and examines ancillary fields of study and the methods of teaching comparative government. Part Two is concerned with studies of particular areas, democratic control of foreign policy, political parties, contemporary revolutionary movements, parliamentary procedures, electoral systems and elections, and nationalized industries.
Part 1: Introduction. General Methodological Problems. Classification, Typology, Teminology. The Configurative Approach. Ancillary Fields of Study. The Teaching of Comparative Government. The Principles of Comparison. Part 2: The Application of Comparative Methods in Political Science. Introduction. Areas Studies – An Example of the Configurative Approach. Institutional and Functional Comparison: General Observations. Nationalised Industries. Parliamentary Procedure. Democratic Control of Foreign Policy. Electoral Systems and Elections. Political Parties. Contemporary Revolutionary Movements and Revolutions.