Historical Enquiry and Comparative Politics

James L Mahoney*, Celso M. Villegas

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This article discusses historical enquiry, which has always been central to the field of comparative politics. It examines the various methods of causal analysis and temporal analysis, and shows how historical analysts properly use historical data. This article shows that historical analysis embodies a distinctive set of techniques for the assessment of causal hypotheses, for the analysis of data, and for the study of temporal processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191577482
ISBN (Print)9780199566020
StatePublished - Sep 2 2009


  • Causal analysis
  • Causal hypotheses
  • Comparative politics
  • Historical analysts
  • Historical data
  • Historical enquiry
  • Temporal analysis
  • Temporal processes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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