Comparative method

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The term comparative method may have two meanings:

"Comparison is a fundamental tool of analysis. It sharpens our power of description, and plays a central role in concept-formation by bringing into focus suggestive similarities and contrasts among cases. Comparison is routinely used in testing hypotheses, and it can contribute to the inductive discovery of new hypotheses and to theory-building" (Collier 1993, p.105)[1]


  1. ^ Collier, David (1993). The Comparative Method. In Ada W. Finifter, ed. Political Sciences: The State of the Discipline II. Washington, DC: American Science Association. pp. 105-119.