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Passion, Craft, and Method in Comparative Politics

Gerardo L. Munck and Richard Snyder

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In the first collection of interviews with the most prominent scholars in comparative politics since World War II, Gerardo L. Munck and Richard Snyder trace key developments in the field during the twentieth century.

Organized around a broad set of themes—intellectual formation and training; major works and ideas; the craft and tools of research; colleagues, collaborators, and students; and the past and future of comparative politics—these in-depth interviews offer unique and candid reflections that bring the research process to life and shed light on the human dimension of scholarship.

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In the first collection of interviews with the most prominent scholars in comparative politics since World War II, Gerardo L. Munck and Richard Snyder trace key developments in the field during the twentieth century.

Organized around a broad set of themes—intellectual formation and training; major works and ideas; the craft and tools of research; colleagues, collaborators, and students; and the past and future of comparative politics—these in-depth interviews offer unique and candid reflections that bring the research process to life and shed light on the human dimension of scholarship.

Giving voice to scholars who practice their craft in different ways yet share a passion for knowledge about global politics, Passion, Craft, and Method in Comparative Politics offers a wealth of insights into contemporary debates about the state of knowledge in comparative politics and the future of the field.

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This distinctive book frequently illuminates the dynamics of major scholars' research agendas (and of their career paths more generally), thus making it highly recommended reading for researchers in this subfield.

An intellectual tour of the discipline of comparative politics with some of its most creative pioneers and contemporary practitioners. The carefully organized interviews offer surprising perspectives about our eclectic and evolving field, and remind us of why we became scholars of comparative politics in the first place.

This fascinating history of comparative politics offers a panoramic view of major debates and of trends in theoretical and methodological approaches over the second half of the 20th century. It brings the field to life by letting scholars who shaped it sketch their own intellectual biographies. Reading it is a truly enriching and enjoyable experience for any comparativist.

Reading autobiographical reflections of notable scholars is a pleasurable way of learning about a field of study. These interviews cover a good slice of modern comparative government. They are wide ranging, focused, and informative. And fun to read.

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Preface
1. The Human Dimension of Comparative Research
2. The Past and Present of Comparative Politics
The Interviews
3. Gabriel A. Almond: Structial Functionalism and Political Development
4. Barrington

Preface
1. The Human Dimension of Comparative Research
2. The Past and Present of Comparative Politics
The Interviews
3. Gabriel A. Almond: Structial Functionalism and Political Development
4. Barrington Moore, Jr.: The Critical Spirit and Comparative Historical Analysis
5. Robert A. Dahl: Normative Theory, Empirical Research, and Democracy
6. Juan J. Linz: Political Regimes and the Quest for Knowledge
7. Samuel P. Huntington: Order and Conflict in Global Perspective
8. Arend Lijphart: Political Institutions, Divided Societies, and Consociational Democracy
9. Guillermo O'Donnell: Democratization, Political Engagement, and Agenda-Setting Research
10. Philippe C. Schmitter: Corporatism, Democracy, and Conceptual Traveling
11. James C. Scott: Peasants, Power, and the Art of Resistance
12. Alfred Stepan: Democratic Governance and the Craft of Case-Based Research
13. Adam Przeworski: Capitalism, Deomcracy, and Science
14. Robert H. Bates: Markets, Politics, and Choice
15. David Collier: Critical Junctures, Concepts, and Methods
16. David D. Laitin: Culture, Rationality, and the Search for Discipline
17. Theda Skocpol: States, Revolutions, and the Comparative Historical Imagination
Appendix: Date and Location of Interviews
References
Name Index
Subject Index

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Gerardo L. Munck, Ph.D.

Gerardo L. Munck is a professor in the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California. He consults regularly on democracy evaluation for international and nongovernmental organizations, including the United Nations and the Organization of American States. Munck is the coauthor of Passion, Craft, and Method in Comparative Politics, also published by Johns Hopkins.
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Richard Snyder, Ph.D.

Richard Snyder is an associate professor of political science at Brown University and author of Politics after Neoliberalism: Reregulation in Mexico.
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