Comparative Area Studies: Methodological Rationales and Cross-Regional Applications

ISBN : 9780190846374

Ariel I. Ahram; Patrick Kollner; Rudra Sil
312 ページ
156 x 235 mm

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


Ariel I. Ahram is associate professor of government and international affairs in Virginia Tech's School of Public and International Affairs.; Patrick Kollner is vice president of the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), director of the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies, and professor of political science at the University of Hamburg, Germany.; Rudra Sil is professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania where he is also SAS Director of the Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business.