A VISION FOR COMPARATIVE THEORY AND PRACTICE
Horizons of the Comparative Voyage
The human instinct to compare is instinctual and thus inevitable, and its framework and form are difficult to capture. As far as public administration and policy are concerned, everything can and should be compared under the condition that evidence-based research is used that includes (a) a carefully developed methodology and (b) transparency in the choices made when moving from unstructured problem to evidence (Desai and Harlow, 2013). This book provides a very different way of looking at contemporary government across the globe. Systematic comparisons of political systems, of government bureaucracies, and of government policies are available in ...