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The Study of Comparative Government and Politics (Routledge Library Editions:Political Science Volume 10) by Gunnar Heckscher

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CLASSIFICATION, TYPOLOGY, TERMINOLOGY

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THE questions just discussed are of general importance to political science. Many of them are not at all specific to comparative government although as important there as in any other field of political study. We pass to another type of question, which in a sense is also of general rather than specific interest, but which requires particular attention here: the problem of classification.

Classification is a necessary condition of comparison. In order to be relevant, comparison must be related to a particular problem, which in this field can hardly be stated except in terms of typology. We have to be certain ...

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