comparative politics
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 Null Hypothess
 It asserts arbitrarily that there is no relationship among the variables being studied. Then statistical tests are used to determine if any relationship shown by the research data is due to chance alone or to alternative hypotheses.
 correlation
 Used to describe the observed relationship between instances of two events. A systematic pattern can be seen in the occurrences of events that are correlated. When the events involve numbers, a positive correlation means that as one increases, the other increases as well. A negative correlation means that as one increases, the other decreases. Correlation does NOT imply causation in any way
 statistical significance
 the probability that an observed outcome of an experiment or trial is due to chance alone.
 cross tabulation
 Shows the relationship between two categorical variables
 conceptual stretching
 to make vague, amorphous conceptualizations
 unitary system
 the central government posesses all the powers of government and delegates to local governments only as much authority as it deems necisary and proper
 Federal System
 system of government with a strong central government having express powers, with some powers reserved for the states
 Atheoretical case study
 not comparative in design
 Interpretive

Comparative
thick description in that it is interprative  Hypothesis generating

comparative in the end
theory expresses a relationship  Theory of Confirming

Comparative
Stengthen argument for that theory prove by case for further testing  Theory infirming
 going out to prove a theory then disaprovong it in case for further testing.
 Deviant case

outliers comparative
relationship that is generally seen doesn't apply