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Subnational Comparative Research on Democracy: Taking Stock and Looking Forward

Moncada, Eduardo and Snyder, Richard

Drugs, Security and Democracy Fellow Eduardo Moncada co-authored an article in the American Political Science Association's Comparative Democratization Newsletter with Richard Snyder.

What has the recent turn toward subnational analysis in comparative politics contributed to knowledge about democracy? A decade ago Snyder argued that the subnational comparative method, that is, the systematic analysis of a small number of territorially-defined subnational cases, such as cities, provinces, states and regions, offered a powerful tool both for getting beyond the “whole nation bias” in the field of comparative politics and for avoiding some of the methodological pitfalls that routinely arise in “small-N” research.1 At that time a first generation of studies that had appeared over the course of the 1990s was leveraging the subnational comparative method to shed light on a broad set of questions with important implications for the study of democracy.

 

Published: January 2012

Citation: Subnational Comparative Research on Democracy: Taking Stock and Looking Forward, Moncada, Eduardo and Snyder, Richard (January 2012).

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