By Patrick H. O'Neil
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Hedgehogs know one big thing; they tend to look for a single overarching explanation that can explain many different political events and are more likely to reject information that runs counter to their beliefs. Foxes are less confident in their views, with many small ideas that are cobbled together and subject to frequent revision. 7 We would do well to consider these findings. The most fruitful approach to comparative politics is to be skeptical not simply of others—that’s the easy part—but of what we believe and take for granted as well.
We will consider these debates to a greater extent when we consider political ideologies in subsequent chapters. In short, politics is driven by the ideal of reconciling individual freedom and collective equality. This inevitably leads to questions of power—influencing others or imposing one’s will—and the role of the people in political life. Who should be empowered to make decisions about freedom and equality? Should power be centralized or decentralized, public or private? When does power become a danger to others, and how can this be prevented?
The Comparative Method If comparison is an important way to test our assumptions and shape our ideals, how we make those comparisons between cases is important. If there is no criterion or guide by which we gather information or draw conclusions, then our studies become little more than a collection of random details. Researchers thus often seek out puzzles—questions about politics with no clear answer—as a way to guide their research. From there, they rely on some comparative method—a way to make comparisons across cases and draw conclusions.