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Comparative Political Analysis

Political Science
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

At the end of the course is expected that the students will be able to carry out comparative research and analysis in Political Science. To achieve this outcome they will learn how to build research in Comparative Politics, identify cases for Comparative Research, define hypotheses, concepts and indicators, as well as dependent and independent variables, and how to measure its results.

Course Content

1. Comparative Politics in Political Science

  a) Analytical Traditions in Political Science

  b) Foundations of the Comparative Approach

2. Comparative Policy Research Methods

  a) Case Study

  b) Statistical Method

  c) Comparative Method

3. Research Design in Comparative Policy

  a) Selection of method(s) and research instruments

  b) Selection of cases and possible biases

  c) Definition of hypotheses, concepts and indicators

  d) Definition of dependent variables and independent variables

  e) Spatial-temporal delimitation

4. Operationalization of research in Comparative Politics

  a) Sources and data in Comparative Policy

  b) Measurement of results

  c) General theoretical conclusions


Peters, Guy B. (1998). Comparative Politics. Theory and Methods. New York: New York University Press

Boix, Carles, & Stokes, Susan C. (eds.) (2007). The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Porta, Donatella della, & Keating, Michael (eds.) (2008). Approaches and Methodologies in the Social Sciences. A Pluralist Perspective, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Landman, Todd (2003). Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics. An Introduction. London: Routledge.