What is a structured focused comparison approach to comparative politics?

Describe the social democratic welfare state. What are its main goals, what do they emphasize, and what are typical benefits associated with this type of welfare state? What are a few of the reasons why scholars think this type of welfare state has emerged? Illustrate your discussion with a country example.

Describe the liberal welfare state. What are its main goals, what do they emphasize, and what are typical benefits associated with this type of welfare state? Illustrate your discussion with a country example.

What is a structured focused comparison approach to comparative politics? Why is this a useful way to approach a research topic?