chapter  5
A framework for analysis
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As we have seen so far, comparative studies have undergone significant

paradigmatic changes in recent years, ranging from the ideologically laden

poles of the dependency and modernization approaches of the 1970s to the

somewhat more neutral neo-statist perspective of the 1980s. Concurrent

with this shift in analytical focus has been a re-emphasis on the inter-

connectedness and the mutual influences and interactions between state and

society. A number of other scholars have pointed out the relevance, indeed

at times the inseparability, of culture to political analysis.1 Some of the most prominent of these arguments were presented in previous chapters. Building

upon a synthesis of these arguments and those of chapter 3, the present

chapter will propose a conceptual framework for the study of comparative

politics.