Fri, Jan 27

Ch. 1, Introduction

Discussion

  1. Which of the (seven) problems with the comparative method do you consider most challenging or problematic? Why? Given your answer, what change(s) could be made to improve comparative research?
  2. Which of the research method(s) and theoretical perspective(s) discussed in this chapter make the most sense to you, and why?
  3. Would it be good if we had a "grand theory" to guide our study of comparative politics? How so, or why not?
  4. Is a workable, mixed-method approach to comparative research possible? Is it advisable? Explain your answers.
  5. Should the purpose of studying comparative politics be to expand our knowledge of the world, to help people be better citizens, or both? What would be your response to someone who answered this question differently from you?