A Matter of Kind or Degree? Using Typologies in Comparative Research

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List of Authors: Henrik Serup Christensen
Publisher: Sage
Publication year: 2019
Journal: Sage Research Methods Cases
Publisher: Sage publications
Book title: SAGE Research Methods Cases
ISBN: 9781446273050


The Civic Culture by Almond and Verba is
often seen as the start to comparative research into political attitudes
and their implications for democracy. However, despite several studies
following in their footsteps, one of the key lessons has rarely been
incorporated since the use of typologies has rarely been used, even
though contemporary research ostensibly focuses on different types of
citizens. Researchers often disavow grouping people according to
theoretical definitions since it is presumably entails a loss of
information, but this approach can also provide new insights.
Nevertheless, it entails special challenges when it comes to
establishing the theoretical classification and empirically verifying
the validity. This case study discusses the use of typologies in
comparative research by providing examples from research on classifying
different kinds of political dissatisfaction. It shows how identifying
different types of dissatisfaction can help understand the different
interpretations of what the developments in attitudes entail for


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