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Przeworski on whether the science of comparative politics is possible

Abstract: Many research problems in comparative politics involve assessing the causal impact of institutions, policies, or events on some performance, outcome, or result. While such evaluations are relatively unproblematic when data can be generated by the researcher, they are subject to several biases when data are produced by history. The
chapter is an overview of issues entailed in causal inference and an introduction to alternative research strategies.

Adam Przeworski (2007). “Is the Science of Comparative Politics Possible?” In Carles Boix and Susan C. Stokes (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics. New York: Oxford University Press. Available here.

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