¹ 3 - 2004
Mitrokhina T.N.

Comparison as Means of Political Theory Development

The subject considered is the role of comparative method in political studies. Comparative analysis, in the author’s opinion, is apt to effectuate a multitude of functions: it allows riddance of research from excessive influence of the subjective factor; it may help conceptualize empirical knowledge and overpass national and chronological frames. The author also raises the question of permissibility of regarding comparative method as a way of finding a procedure to be applied as substitution for experiment, impossible in social sciences.