We are all comparativists Now: Why and how single-country scholarship must adapt and incorporate the comparative politics approach

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Abstract

This article asks, “What is the way forward for single-country scholarship?” It also discusses why and how single-country scholars should adopt a more comparative approach in their research. To do this, the article presents cross-sectional and longitudinal data that illustrate the relative isolation of the single-country canon, especially nondomestic single-country studies, within the wider discipline of political science. To suggest how this be redressed, the article then discusses how single-country scholarship might build bridges to the comparative approach and the benefits this might generate. The article argues that careful and innovative use of the case study research design provides the ideal means to do this.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1084-1108
Number of pages25
JournalCOMPARATIVE POLITICAL STUDIES
Volume39
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • single-country scholarship
  • comparative analysis
  • case study
  • methodology
  • epistemology

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