Comparing Forms of Comparative Analysis

  • Rose R
  • Mackenzie W
  • 91


    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • 106


    Citations of this article.


This paper compares the different ways in which comparative analysis is undertaken by political scientists today. The first section explains why concepts are a necessary attribute of comparison; it is followed by a discussion of what comparison is not, i.e. studies that emphasize the incomparability of a country, lack concepts or, as in ‘landless’ theory, ignore real countries. The commonest form of comparative analysis, countries examined as parallel independent cases, is the subject of the third section. The conclusion considers implications of countries no longer being totally autonomous actors but becoming permeable or interacting due to the growth of international interdependence.

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document


  • Richard Rose

  • W. J.M. Mackenzie

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free