THE PRINCIPLES OF COMPARISON

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THERE is a common observation which, although trite, is very-relevant to the study of comparative government, namely that some of the most outstanding works by political scientists have been prepared by observers writing about a foreign country, although one which they knew comparatively well from practical experience. The classical examples of Bryce, Lowell and de Tocqueville are frequently mentioned, but it is important to remember that they are by no means unique. On the contrary, many similar instances are being produced all the time, and it may be permitted to mention as one of them J. J. Robbins's study of ...

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