Comparative politics: Some points for discussion

C.J. van Kersbergen

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This article is the result of concern about some developments in comparative politics, and it offers some points for discussion. It seems that three trends unduly confine the domain, scope and quality of research in the field. The subdiscipline (1) hardly deals with the social sources of political phenomena anymore and is disproportionally engaged with institutional analysis, (2) almost exclusively focuses on questions of (cross-national) variation and disregards important issues of similarity, and (3) too easily, and without reflection on the history of the field, produces new theories and concepts in reaction to the charge that its central concepts (particularly the state) have become theoretically obsolete and empirically valueless. © 2010 European Consortium for Political Research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-61
JournalEuropean Political Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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