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The Problem of comparison in comparative regionalism. Jean Monnet/Robert Schuman Paper Series Vol. 9, No. 7, April 2009

De Lombaerde, Philippe and Soderbaum, Fredrik and Van Langenhove, Luk and Baert, Francis. (2009) The Problem of comparison in comparative regionalism. Jean Monnet/Robert Schuman Paper Series Vol. 9, No. 7, April 2009. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    There is virtually no systematic debate regarding the fundamentals of comparative research in the field of international regionalism. The research field is very fragmented and the lack of interaction between EU studies and regionalism in the rest of the world is stark. There is also a lack of communication between scholars from various theoretical stand-points and research traditions. Related to these two divides is the tension between idiographic and nomothetic analysis. The purpose of this article is to contribute to this 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 jointly old divides are closed and new frontiers are crossed. This requires a combination of more conceptual rigor, theoretical eclecticism, and sounder empirical research methods.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Other > researching and writing the EU (see also integration theory in this section)
    EU policies and themes > External relations > regionalism, international
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
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    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > University of Miami, Florida-EU Center of Excellence > Jean Monnet/Robert Schuman Paper Series
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2010
    Page Range: p. 22
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 18:37
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14995

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