Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: August 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9780857021083 | Print ISBN: 9781412919760 | Online ISBN: 9780857021083| Publisher:SAGE Publications LtdAbout this handbook
Chapter 8: Comparative Political Economy
Comparative political economy In many research areas interdisciplinary research constitutes the rule rather than the exception. In the social sciences, one research area exists in which interdisciplinary research is programmatic: political economy . Over the last three decades, political economy has been one of the fastest growing approaches in the social sciences. Political economic reasoning has infiltrated virtually all disciplines and fields of research across the social sciences. Theories first formulated by political economists have improved our understanding of social interactions and social order, political behavior and choice and even market mechanisms in general. In comparative politics, political economists have participated in three major theoretical developments: First, they helped establish an analytical perspective to politics in which uncovering regularities, patterns and causal mechanisms stand are of primary interest rather than person, single events or unique political orders. The functioning of institutions, the interplay between institutions and actors, and the interdependencies ...