The most popular unit of analysis in comparative politics is the state. It is far from the only such option, because comparison can be made at any level from the local to the multinational, and can involve any political institution, process, problem, or phenomenon. Even so, the use of states in comparison means that we need to understand what they are, how they work, how they evolved, the varieties in which they are found, and the current dynamic of the state system.
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