Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics

Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics: An Introduction, Routledge.

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Over 15,000 copies sold, available in Spanish, and now out in its Fourth Edition!

Reviews for all editions:

‘If this textbook had been available when I was a college senior or first-year graduate student, it would have saved me months of muddled thinking about what comparative politics is and how it should be done.’ – Michael Coppedge, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame, USA

‘Todd Landman’s scientifically elegant new book contains a wealth of substantive and methodological content that should inspire much progress in comparative politics theory and research. From an interdisciplinary perspective, it inspires parallel efforts in the other social sciences, as well as serve a highly useful function as reference in computational social science and the comparative analysis of models and metrics … the leading methodologically-oriented text in the field.’ – Claudio Cioffi-Revilla, Ph.D, Professor of Computational Social Science, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason University, USA

‘…an excellent starting point for scholars and students alike who wish to come to grips with the most important arguments, finding, and methodological challenges in the study of democracy and human rights. Required reading for budding comparativists, it should also serve as a benchmark which seasoned scholars should regularly revisit.’ – Robert Mattes, University of Strathclyde, UK

‘I have relied on this book for years to teach my masters students how to think through their methods choices. …The book presents complex material in a clear way – and is useful both in teaching and in my own research.’ – Sherill Stroschein, University College London, UK

‘…Pluralistic and reflexive, well-structured, thoughtful, and up-to-date, Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics nicely fulfils its didactic promise Students will encounter a most stimulating guide to the contemporary study of politics.’ – Andreas Scheduler, CIDE, Mexico City, Mexico

The first edition was published in 2000, the second edition in 2003, the third in 2008, and now the Fourth Edition is out with co-author Edzia Carvalho. The fourth edition continues to provide the best introduction to the strategies of comparative research in political science.

Divided into three parts, the book begins by examining different methods, applying these methods to dominant issues in comparative politics using a wealth of topical examples from around the world, and then discusses the new challenges in the area.

New to this edition:

  • Additional contemporary case studies including the democratisation of technology and the Arab Spring
  • Detailed discussion of regression analysis and diffusion;
  • More analysis of justice, inequality, and compliance
  • Reflection on new methods and treatments of contemporary comparative politics

If you are teaching an undergraduate module or course on comparative politics, this is the perfect textbook for you. It is also great for graduate students and scholars seeking a greater understanding of comparative methods, the link between theory and methods, and how to strengthen inferences from comparative analysis.