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Comparative Analysis in African Politics 

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Politics
Goran HydenGoran Hyden

Comparison is a basic tool of analysis in the social sciences because it engenders concepts that bring into focus potential similarities and contrasts among cases under scrutiny. Although concepts are inevitably abstractions, they help sharpen our ability to describe reality. Comparative analysis is routinely used in testing hypotheses, but it also contributes to the inductive discovery of new hypotheses and to theory building (... ...

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