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Extra resources for Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics: An Introduction
By examining the relationship between the level of democracy and the distribution of power resources from 1850–1993, Vanhanen compares the actual 1993 values of democracy to those that were predicted using regression analysis. 4 Predicting democracy in East and Southeast Asia Source: Adapted from Vanhanen (1997: 88–89) countries from East and Southeast Asia. The sixteen countries are listed along the horizontal axis and the values of the index of democratization are listed on the vertical axis.
Prediction The final and most difficult objective of comparative politics is a logical extension of hypothesis-testing, namely, to make predictions about outcomes in other countries based on the generalizations from the initial comparison, or to make claims about future political outcomes. Prediction in comparative politics tends to be made in probabilistic terms, such as ‘countries with systems of proportional representation are more likely to have multiple political parties’. qxd 15/2/08 15:41 Page 11 WHY COMPARE COUNTRIES?
It then outlines the main problems that confront comparative research, including too many variables and too few countries, establishing equivalence, selection bias, spuriousness, ecological and individualistic fallacies, and value bias. The discussion of the methods available, problems with comparison, and solutions to these problems paves the way for a more in-depth discussion of each main comparative method that follows in the ensuing chapters. Chapter 3 is on comparing many countries, Chapter 4 on comparing few countries, and Chapter 5 on single-country studies as comparison.