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Benedict R. Anderson, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (1983).

Reinhard Bendix, Nation-building and Citizenship: Studies of Our Changing Social Order (1977).

James A. Bill and Robert L. Hardgrave, Comparative Politics: The Quest for Theory (1973).

Robert H. Chilcote, Theories of Comparative Politics: The Search for a Paradigm (1981).

Robert Dahl, Polyarchy: Participation and Opposition (1971).

Peter Evans, Dietrich Rueschemeyer, and Theda Skocpol, eds., Bringing the State Back In (1985).

H.H. Gerth and C. Wright Mills, eds., From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology (1946).

Samuel P. Huntington, Political Order in Changing Societies (1968).

Daniel Lerner, The Passing of Traditional Society (1964).

Charles Lindblom, Politics and Markets: The World's Political Economic System (1977).

Joel Migdal, Strong Societies and Weak States (1988).

Barrington Moore, Jr., Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy (1966).

Gaetano Mosca, The Ruling Class (1939).

Guillermo A. O'Donnell, Modernization and Bureaucratic-Authoritarianism: Studies in South American Politics (1973).

Lucian W. Pye and Sidney Verba, eds., Political Culture and Political Development (1965).

Theda Skocpol, States and Social Revolutions (1979).

Charles Tilly, ed., The Formation of National States in Western Europe (1975).

Max Weber (ed. Roth and Witick), Economy and Society (1979).

Howard J. Wiarda, New Directions in Comparative Politics (1985).

Gabriel A. Almond and Sidney Verba. The Civic Culture: Political Attitudes and Democracy in Five Countries (1963).

Adam Przeworski, Democracy and the Market(1991).

Robert Michels, Political Parties: A Sociological Study of the Oligarchical Tendencies of Modern Democracy (1915/1949).

Robert Putnam, The Comparative Study of Political Elites (1979).

Andre G. Frank, Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Latin America (1976).

Samuel Huntington, The Third Wave: Democratization in the Late Twentieth Century (1991).

Morris Janowitz, Military Institutions and Coercion in the Developing Nations (1977).

James C. Scott, The Moral Economy of the Peasant (1976).

Samuel Popkin, The Rational Peasant (1979).

Myron Weiner and Samuel P. Huntington, Understanding Political Development (1987).

Adam Przeworski and H. Teune, The Logic of Comparative Social Inquiry (1970).

Lawrence C. Mayer, Comparative Political Inquiry (1972).

Robert Holt and J. Turner. The Methodology of Comparative Research (1970).

Gabriel Almond and G. Bingham Powell, Jr., Comparative Politics: A Developmental Approach (1966).

Gabriel Almond and G. Bingham Powell, Jr., Comparative Politics: System, Process, and Policy (1978).

Gabriel Almond and James Coleman, eds., The Politics of the Developing Areas (1960).

Edward C. Banfield, The Moral Basis of a Backward Society (1958).

Carl Friederich and Zbigniew Brzezinski, Totalitarian Dictatorship and Autocracy (1956).

Amos Perlmutter, Modern Authoritarianism (1971).

Leonard Binder et al., Crisis and Sequences in Political Development (1971).

Ted Robert Gurr, Why Men Rebel (1970).

Ronald Inglehart, Culture Shift in Advanced Industrial Society (1990).


Gabriel A. Almond and Stephen J. Genco, "Clouds, Clocks, and the Study of Politics," World Politics, (July 1977), pp. 489-522; also in Almond, ed., A Discipline Divided (1990).

Giovanni Sartori, "Concept Misformation in Comparative Politics," American Political Science Review, pp. 1033-1053 (December 1970).

Arend Lijphart, "Comparative Politics and the Comparative Method," American Political Science Review, vol. 65, no. 3, pp. 682-693 (September 1971).

Arend Lijphart, "The Comparable-Cases Strategy in Comparative Research," Comparative Political Studies, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 158-157 (July 1975).

Harry Eckstein, "Case Study and Theory in Political Science," Handbook of Political Science (1975).