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Comparative research designs: Interdependence as a challenge and opportunity in regional studies
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5259-6035
Örebro universitet.
2020 (English)In: Regional economic development and history / [ed] Marijn Molema & Sara Svensson, Abingdon: Routledge, 2020, p. 98--116Chapter in book (Other academic)
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How can social science and historical approaches combine in order to enrich the regional studies theme? This chapter focuses on designs for small-N comparative research, specifically the problem of how to apply systematically structured synchronic and diachronic comparisons as a means to analyze interdependence. We hold that comparative sequence design (CSD) poses an important methodological option in that perspective. In contrast to standard research designs, such as cross-sectional design and development design (“historical case studies”), CSD allows for both systematic (i) cross-unit and cross-case comparisons as well as (ii) within-unit analyses. It (iii) opens up for the use of process-oriented models with a focus on explaining developmental outcomes among sub-national level units, and thereby (iv) facilitates analysis of both spatial, temporal and temporal-spatial interdependence among sub-national level units (regions). CSD provides a tool for examining e.g. policy-making and policy diffusion as dynamic, historically contingent processes; and, from the perspective of the historical disciplines, allows analysts to move beyond the limits of traditional case studies of regions and localities.

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Abingdon: Routledge, 2020. p. 98--116
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-76234DOI: 10.4324/9780429445545ISBN: 978-1-138-33413-7 (print)ISBN: 9780429445545 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-76234DiVA, id: diva2:1384189
Available from: 2020-01-09 Created: 2020-01-09 Last updated: 2020-01-09Bibliographically approved

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