No one really likes them, and everyone has a different method for preparing, but the comps (comprehensive exams) are inevitable. I have three weeks to pull it together for Comparative Politics, and, by George, I will. It’s my last comp (I swear!), so, I’m going to blog my way through it, from Huntington to Moore to Skocpol. This probably sounds really boring to you – like watching-Tom-DeLay-on-Dancing-with-the-Stars kind of boring. But, I’d wager that there are at least a few folks out there that might like some notes to crib for their own comp comp, or comp-squared in poli sci jargon.
I’m going to try to find a way to tag or otherwise sort all of these posts, which others can then easily sort and read in the future. I’m following the American University Government Department’s reading list for comparative politics (pdf file), along with some additions of my own and from the legendary Purple Binder. So, future cohorts of AU Comparative Politics PhD students, no need to thank me. It’s nothing, really. Just a thing I do.