ISBN : 9780190846374
In Comparative Area Studies, the editors and contributors are motivated by two basic convictions: first, that intensive regional research remains indispensable to the social sciences; and second, that this research risks becoming marginalized in the absence of concerted efforts to link it to disciplinary concepts and theories that have relevance beyond a single region.
Introduction; 1. Comparative Area Studies: What It Is, What It Can Do; Patrick Kollner, Rudra Sil and Ariel I. Ahram; Part One: What Comparative Area Studies Brings to the Table; 2. Comparative Area Studies: The Golden Mean between Area Studies and Universalist Approaches?; Dirk Berg-Schlosser; 3. Depth-Perception: Improving Analytical Focus Through Cross- and Inter-regional Comparisons; Laurence Whitehead; 4. Comparing Across World Regions: Assets and Pitfalls; Christian von Soest and Alexander Stroh; 5. Context, Concepts, and Comparison in Southeast Asia; Mikko Huotari and Jurgen Ruland; 6. American Political Development in the Mirror of Europe: Democracy Expansion and; the Evolution of Electoral Systems in the 19th Century; Amel Ahmed; 7. Comparative Area Studies and the Study of Middle East Politics after the Arab Uprisings; Andre Bank; Part Two: CAS in Action: Leveraging Cross-Regional Comparison; 8. Comparing Post-Communist Authoritarianism in Russia and China:; The Case of Anti-Corruption Campaigns; Cheng Chen; 9. Comparative Area Studies and the Analytical Challenge of Diffusion: Explaining Outcomes; in the Arab Spring and Beyond; Ariel I. Ahram; 10. Comparing Separatism Across Regions: Rebellious Legacies in Aceh, Balochistan and Kurdistan; Benjamin Smith; 11. Gaining by Shedding Case Selection Strictures: Natural Resource Booms and; Institution Building in Latin America and Africa; Ryan Saylor; 12. Organizing Production Across Regions: The Wenzhou Model in China and Italy; Calvin P. Chen; Conclusion; 13. Triangulating Area Studies, Not Just Methods: How Cross-Regional Comparison Aids; Qualitative and Mixed-Method Research; Rudra Sil; Bibliography