The Problem of Comparison in Comparative Regionalism

De Lombaerde, Philippe, Söderbaum, Fredrik, Van Langenhove, Luk and Baert, Francis, (2010). The Problem of Comparison in Comparative Regionalism. Review of International Studies, 36(3), 731-753

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  • Author De Lombaerde, Philippe
    Söderbaum, Fredrik
    Van Langenhove, Luk
    Baert, Francis
    Title The Problem of Comparison in Comparative Regionalism
    Appearing in Review of International Studies
    Volume 36
    Issue No. 3
    Publication Date 2010
    Place of Publication Cambridge
    Publisher Cambridge Journals
    Start page 731
    End page 753
    Language EN
    Abstract

    There is virtually no systematic debate on the fundamentals of comparative research in the study of international regionalism. The field of research is very fragmented and there is a lack of interaction between EU studies and regionalism in the rest of the world. There is also a lack of communication between scholars from various theoretical standpoints and research traditions. Related to these two divides is the tension between idiographic and nomothetic methodologies. The purpose of this article is to contribute to the largely neglected debate on how to conduct and address three interrelated problems: a conceptual, a theoretical and a methodological one. Our claim is that the future of comparative regionalism should be one where old divides are bridged. This requires a combination of conceptual rigor, theoretical eclecticism, and sounder empirical research methods.

    Copyright Holder British International Studies Association
    Copyright Year 2010
    Copyright type All Rights Reserved
    DOI 10.1017/S0260210510000707
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