Rowman and Littlefield International
Comparative Politics

Comparative Politics

The Problem of Equivalence

Edited by Jan W. van Deth

Publication Date: Jan 2013

Pages 308

ECPR Press

Paperback 9781907301414
£36.00 €49.00 $55.00

The complications of using similar concepts in different situations are well known to everyone in comparative politics. This volume faces the problems of comparability and equivalence head on and indicates practical ways they can be tackled. Each contribution focuses on a theoretically relevant theme, such as tolerance, political values, religious orientation, gender roles, voluntary associations, party organisations, party positions, democratic regimes, and the mass media. Chapters cover different approaches, methods, data and countries, making use of widely available empirical research to illustrate the gains of finding equivalent measures in realistic research settings. Many of the strategies show how the complicated search for comparability and equivalence uncovers substantial additional information in comparative politics. Dealing with these problems can enhance the quality and reliability of any research. This edition includes a new introduction from Jan W van Deth, examining developments in the field over the last twenty years.

contents

List of figures vi

List of tables viii

Notes on contributors x

New Introduction: Equivalence in Comparative Research:

Staying in the Middle of the Road xiii

Preface xxviii

1 Equivalence in comparative political research 1

JAN W. VAN DETH

2 Tolerance 20

BETTINA WESTLE

3 Political values 61

RONALD INGLEHART

4 Religious orientations and church attendance 86

MARTIN FELDKIRCHER

5 Gender roles 111

MICHAEL BRAUN

6 Membership of voluntary associations 135

JAN W. VAN DETH AND FRAUKE KREUTER

7 Party organisations 156

THOMAS POGUNTKE

8 Party positions 180

GÁBOR TÓKA

9 Institutional regimes 205

ANDRÉ KAISER

10 Of readers, viewers, and cat-dogs 222

RÜDIGER SCHMITT-BECK

References 247

Name index 267

Subject index 272

Jan W van Deth is Professor of Political Science and International Comparative Social Research at the University of Mannheim (Germany). His main research areas are political culture (especially social capital, political engagement, and citizenship), social change, and comparative research methods. He was Director of the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), convenor of the network Citizenship, Involvement, Democracy (CID) of the European Science Foundation, and Series Editor of the Studies in European Political Science for ECPR Press. He is a Corresponding Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and national coordinator of the German team for the European Social Survey (ESS). Recent publications include New Participatory Dimensions in Civil Society (Routledge, 2012; edited with William Maloney).

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