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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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THE CONFIGURATIVE APPROACH

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THERE has been much discussion lately as to whether the approach of political science, and particularly of comparative government, should be analytical or configurative. Here again, we are confronted with a problem which is fundamentally general in its character and by no means specific to the study of comparative government or even to political science. The answer to our question depends on our general assumptions with regard to human society and indeed to human nature as a whole.

So far, there seems to be little or no material to support any general theory permitting us to use either the analytical or the configurative ...

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