Politieke uitdagingen aan de vergelijkende politieke wetenschap

  • H. Daalder


The study of comparative European politics since the 1930s shows a shift from a largely normative and institutional concern with a few larger European countries towards a clear subdiscipline of modern political science. Marked influences were the need to rethink democratie development in the light of the rise of totalitarianism and the rapid decline of democracy in most emerging new states after 1945.
The field shows a strand influence of the wish to bring the particular experience of individual countries onto the map of general comparative politics.
Thus, one finds the effect of a typical cross-Channel dialogue contrasting Britain and France, the extrapolation of 'polarised pluralism' from an Italian background, the deliberate challenge to the Westminster model from consociational democracy theorists, and the transposition of Norwegian experience onto a Macro-Model of Europe in center-periphery terms. More recent developments also mirror new political developments, e.g. , neo-corporatism, the rise and crisis of the welfare state, and concerns about public policy generally. Yet such challenges pale compared to the potential effect which processes of European integration, the decline of bipolar international polities, and above all problems of democratic development in post-totalitarian Eastern and Central Europe, must have
on comparative politics in and on Europe.

How to Cite:

Daalder, H., (1993) “Politieke uitdagingen aan de vergelijkende politieke wetenschap”, Res Publica 35(1), 3-21. doi:

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Published on
30 Mar 1993
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