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Redefining comparative politics : promise versus performance /

Lawrence C. Mayer.

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Main Author: Mayer, Lawrence C.
Published: Newbury Park, Calif. : Sage Publications, c1989.
Series: Sage library of social research ; v. 173
Topics: Comparative government. | Institutions politiques comparées.
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Introduction: revolutions and thermidorean reactions -- The revolution in comparative politics -- The impact of the Revolution on political research -- A stalled revolution -- The state of the field: the plan of the book -- 2. The epistemology of social science and the comparative method -- A science of politics -- Actual limits on the explanation of human behavior -- The problem of exogenous variables: the experimental and statistical methods -- The comparative method -- Theory building with the comparative method -- Comparison and the problem of measurement -- Conclusions -- 3. Development, ethnocentrism, and dependency: theory and polemic -- Conceptualizing political development -- Explaining underdevelopment -- Marxism, Leninism, and underdevelopment -- Dependency theory as an explanation of underdevelopment -- Conclusions -- 4. Industrial democracies -- Conceptualizing industrial democracy -- Accountability as the basic democratic value -- The structure of accountability and the problem of power -- Specialization and the problem of power -- Representative bureaucracy -- Neo-corporatism -- Democracy and the crisis of legitimacy -- 5. Parties and political behavior -- The relevance of parties -- Party systems, political stability, and electoral systems -- Party ideology or program and party system performance -- Political cleavage and partisan alignments -- Conclusions -- 6. Micro-level analysis: culture, violence, and personality -- The concept of political culture -- The cultural requisites of democracy -- Cultural change in the postindustrial world -- The cultural basis of modernization -- Explaining authoritarianism in psychological terms -- Psychological explanations of violence -- Conclusions: micro-level research and psychoanalytic theory -- 7. Kremlinology, autocracies, and comparative politics -- Data problems in the analysis of autocracies -- Conceptualization: totalitarianism -- The analysis of trends in the soviet dictatorship: Glasnost and Perestroika -- Political parties in industrialized autocracies -- Conclusions: Kremlinology joins the field? -- 8. Conclusions: Whither comparative politics? -- What needs to be done to build explanatory theory? -- The integration of theory and data -- Explanation versus exhortation: the normative dimension -- Where do we go from here? The relevance of Kuhn's model for political science -- Equivalent measurement as a key priority.
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