Comp-post: Lichbach and Zuckerman (1997)

As for these comp-posts (unintentional but appropriate pun), they will be all over the map. Some posts will be summaries of complete works, some will be partial, and some will cover multiple works. I’m starting out general and looking for my weak spots. So, I’m beginning with some surveys of the comparative field and core works on method. Will update erratically. That is all. — Erik

Lichbach, Mark I., and Alan S. Zuckerman (eds.). 1997. Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Notes on their Chapter 1, “Research Traditions and Theory in Comparative Politics: An Introduction.”

Lichbach and Zuckerman do a nice job of laying out the big pillars of the classical and modern forbears of comparative politics. If you are unfamiliar with, or need a refresher on, the field up to the mid-1990s, this is a good one. They divide the field up into three research traditions: culture, rational choice, and structuralism. Best to use L&Z to pull out core works for the reading list. Here they are:

Renaissance/Enlightenment theorists: Machiavelli, Montesquieu, Hobbes

Classic social theorists: Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Pareto, Mosca, and Michels

Modern forbears of the comparative field: Eckstein, Apter, Dahl, Lipset, Deutsch, Almond, and Verba

Rational choice: Downs (1957), Olson (1968), Riker (1962)

Culture: Geertz (1973)

Structuralism: Marx, Weber

Works that signaled the emergence of comparative as a distinct field:

  • Almond and Coleman (1960)
  • Almond and Verba (1963)
  • Beer and Ulam (1958)
  • Dahl (1966, 1971)
  • Eckstein and Apter (1963)
  • Holt and Turner (1970)
  • Huntington (1968)
  • LaPalombara and Weiner (1966)
  • Lipset and Rokkan (1967)
  • Moore (1966)
  • Przeworski and Teune (1970)
  • Pye and Verba (1965)
  • Riker (1962)
  • Sartori (1970)

Classics on Method:

  • Sartori (1970) on concept formation, and these works continued the debate: Collier and Mahon (1993), Collier (1993), and Sartori (1994)
  • Lijphart (1971) and Przewroski and Teune (1970) sparked a debate on the proper comparative methodology, and these works responded to them: Eckstein (1975), Ragin (1987),Ragin and Becker (1992), Skocpol and Summers (1980)
  • King, Keohane, and Verba (1994; 1995) sparked a strong debate on research design, and these works responded: Bartels (1995), Brady (1995), Caporaso (1995), Collier (1995), Laitin (1995), Mohr (1996), Rogowski (1995), and Tarrow (1995)
  • KKV (1995) built on/were influenced by Cook and Campbell (1979) in their articulation of a single “logic of inquiry”

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