Kamla-Raj 2005                                                                              J. Soc. Sci., 10(2): 89-98 (2005)



A Critical Assessment of the Issue of a Macro-paradigmatic

Influence in Comparative Politcal Analysis


S.T. Akindele and O.R. Olaopa


Department of Political Science, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife,

Osun State, Nigeria


Keywords Macro and micro level analysis; ideological debate; imperalism, fact-mindedness; macro-paradigmatic influence; pramatism; comparative politics


Abstract This paper assessess the usefulness of the macro-paradigmatic orientation in comparative political analysis. Accordingly, it synthesises the contributions of some of the leading scholars in this enterprise. In the process, it was argued that, at the macro-level, paradigms tend to generate opposition or promote ideological debate. This notwithstanding the areas in which, a paradigm of comparative analysis do exist, was identified with analytical precision.


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