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By S. N. Sangmpam

Uncovers vital similarities within the political positive factors of constructing nations in Africa, Asia,and Latin the United States.

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These tensions reflect the type of debate and disagreements that have dominated cross-national comparative politics in general and Third World comparative politics in particular17 since the late 1970s. They explain for the most part, as indicated earlier, why the state of comparative politics was seen as “appalling” and the discipline itself as “divided”18 by some of its own leading practitioners. Ultimately, they lead to the unresolved debate and controversy between advocates of universalism under the label “general theory”19 and proponents of area studies.

On this ground Western countries and nonWestern countries can be compared on the basis of their similar property (the political or the political system, the equivalent of fruitiness in the fruit analogy). One of the strengths of modernization theory is to have proposed this type of comparison. 36 It was said that “the same theories must be evaluated in different systemic settings and . . ”37 These proclamations constitute universalism’s strength. They help Comparing Apples and Manogoes 25 one avoid the now pervasive confusion in comparative politics of comparing and evaluating Third World countries on the basis of economic and other factors rather than political variables.

On this ground Western countries and nonWestern countries can be compared on the basis of their similar property (the political or the political system, the equivalent of fruitiness in the fruit analogy). One of the strengths of modernization theory is to have proposed this type of comparison. 36 It was said that “the same theories must be evaluated in different systemic settings and . . ”37 These proclamations constitute universalism’s strength. They help Comparing Apples and Manogoes 25 one avoid the now pervasive confusion in comparative politics of comparing and evaluating Third World countries on the basis of economic and other factors rather than political variables.

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