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  1. Comparative politics

    Comparative politics is a field and a method used in political science, characterized by an empirical approach based on the comparative method. In other words comparative politics is the study of the domestic politics, political institutions, and conflicts of countries. It often involves comparisons among countries and through time within single countries, emphasizing key patterns of similarity and difference. Arend Lijphart argues that comparative politics does not have a substantive focus in itself, but rather a methodological one: it focuses on "the how but does not specify the what of the analysis." In other words, comparative politics is not defined by the object of its study, but rather by the method it applies to study political phenomena. Peter Mair and Richard Rose advance a slightly different definition, arguing that comparative politics is defined by a combination of a substantive focus on the study of countries' political systems and a method of identifying and explaining similarities and differences between these countries using common concepts. Rose states that, on his definition: "The focus is explicitly or implicitly upon more than one country, thus following familiar political science usage in excluding within-nation comparison. Methodologically, comparison is distinguished by its use of concepts that are applicable in more than one country."

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  1. comparative politics

    Comparative politics is the rational and objective understanding of different political systems, political institutions, conflicts and comparison of international politics.

    Submitted by anonymous on October 3, 2018


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of comparative politics in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of comparative politics in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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  • السياسة المقارنةArabic
  • politica comparativaSpanish
  • politiques comparéesFrench
  • तुलनात्मक राजनीतिHindi
  • politik komparatifIndonesian
  • politica comparativaItalian
  • 比較政治Japanese
  • ತುಲನಾತ್ಮಕ ರಾಜಕೀಯKannada
  • Políticas comparativasPortuguese
  • сравнительная политикаRussian
  • ஒப்பீட்டு அரசியல்Tamil
  • తులనాత్మక రాజకీయాలుTelugu
  • karşılaştırmalı siyasetTurkish
  • موازنہ سیاستUrdu
  • 比较政治学Chinese

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