Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

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1. Research Design and the Accumulation of Knowledge

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pp. 1-26

The last thirty years have treated students of the politics of developing countries almost as unkindly as the years did Ozymandias. At precisely the moment when the impulse toward authoritarianism had “been fully explained by a variety of converging...

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2. Big Questions, Little Answers: How the Questions You Choose Affect the Answers You Get

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pp. 27-88

For the scholar who wants to contribute to the accumulation of knowledge, the first step in the process is choosing a question to investigate. This chapter makes some suggestions about how to shape research questions to increase the likelihood that they will...

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3. How the Cases You Choose Affect the Answers You Get: Selection Bias and Related Issues

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pp. 89-129

Comparative politics, like other subfields in political science, has norms and conventions about what constitutes an appropriate research strategy and what kind of evidence makes an argument persuasive. Although the norm has begun to change, for many...

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4. How the Evidence You Use Affects the Answers You Get: Rigorous Use of the Evidence Contained in Case Studies

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pp. 131-173

The New England Journal of Medicine carries a regular feature called “Case Records from the Massachusetts General Hospital.” The articles have titles like “An 80-Year-Old Woman with Sudden Unilateral Blindness” and “A 76-Year-Old Man with Fe-...

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5. How the Approach You Choose Affects the Answers You Get: Rational Choice and Its Uses in Comparative Politics

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pp. 175-211

As the new millennium begins, feuding seems to be dying down between advocates of traditional comparative approaches and those who have embraced rational choice. Those of us who use rational choice learn continuously from those who do not, and...

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6. Conclusion

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pp. 213-223

Creating theories that will explain aspects of the real world is the central task for social scientists. We may at times think it useful or enjoyable to describe important events or create elegant theories with no relevance to the particular planet we live on...

Appendix A: Classification Scheme for Coding Authoritarian Regimes

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pp. 225-232

Appendix B: Labor Repression Coding

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pp. 233-246

Appendix C: Coding Scheme for Test of the Lipset and Rokkan Freezing Hypotheses

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pp. 247-288

Bibliography

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pp. 289-306

Index

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pp. 307-314