'We are all comparativists now'. Why and how single-country scholarship must adapt and incorporate the comparative politics approach

Lees, Charles (2005) 'We are all comparativists now'. Why and how single-country scholarship must adapt and incorporate the comparative politics approach. In: National Centre for Research Methods and ESRC Symposium on Small and Large-N Comparative Solutions. , September 22-23 2005, University of Sussex, Brighton. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This article asks ‘what is the way forward for single-country scholarship?’ and 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 non-domestic single-country studies, within the wider discipline of political science. To suggest how this be readdressed, 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.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Single-country scholarship, comparative analysis, case study, methodology, epistemology
Subjects:1. Frameworks for Research and Research Designs > 1.1 Epistemology
1. Frameworks for Research and Research Designs > 1.5 Comparative and Cross National Research
1. Frameworks for Research and Research Designs > 1.12 Case Study
ID Code:70
Deposited By: NCRM users
Deposited On:13 Nov 2007 15:53
Last Modified:12 Oct 2010 17:33

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