International Comparative Research

Theory, methods and practice

by Linda Hantrais

Additional reading

Chapter 2: Disciplinary approaches to comparative research in international settings

The entries follow the order of the sections in the chapter.

Sociology
Lewis, S., Brannen, J. and Nilsen, A. (eds) (2009) Work, Families and Organisations in Transition: European perspectives, Bristol: Policy Press.

Mjøset, L. (2007) ‘No fear of comparison or context: on the foundations of historical sociology’, Comparative Education, 42 (4): 337–62.

Nilsen, A., Brannen, J. and Lewis, S. (2012) (eds) Transitions to Parenthood in a Life Course Perspective: gendered cross-European comparisons, Bristol: The Policy Press.

Political science
Burnham, P., Gilland Lutz, K., Grant, W. and Layton-Henry, Z. (2008) Research Methods in Politics, 2nd edn, Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave Macmillan (1st edn 2004).

Caramani, D. (ed.) (2008) Comparative Politics, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Landmann, T. (2008) Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics: an introduction, 3rd edn, Abingdon/New York: Routledge (1st edn 2000).

Marsh, D. and Stoker. G. (2010) Theory and Methods in Political Science, 3rd edn, Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave Macmillan (1st edn 1995).

Newton K. and van Deth, J.W. (2009) Foundations of Comparative Politics, 2nd edn, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (1st edn 2005).

Public policy and social policy
Spicker, P. (2011) 'Generalisation and phronesis: rethinking the methodology of social policy', Journal of Social Policy, 40 (1): 1–19.

Political economy
Blyth, M. (2009) ‘An approach to comparative analysis, or a sub-field within a sub-field? Political economy’, in M. Lichbach and A. Zuckerman (eds), Comparative Politics: rationality, culture, and structure, 2nd edn, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (1st edn 1997), pp. 193–219.

Law
Chodosh, H.E. (2005) Global Justice Reform: a comparative methodology, New York/London: New York University Press.

Glenn, P. (2010) Legal Traditions of the World: sustainable diversity in law, 4th edn, Oxford University Press (1st edn, 2000).

Merryman, J.H. (2007) The Civil Law Tradition: an introduction to the legal systems of Europe and Latin America, 3rd edn, Stanford: Stanford University Press (1st edn 1969).

Örücü, E. and Nelken, D. (eds) (2007) Comparative Law: a handbook, Oxford: Hart.

Reimann, M. and Zimmermann, R. (eds) (2008) The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Ethnology, anthropology and history
Barth F. (on-line, 2010) ‘Comparative methodologies in the analysis of anthropological data’, in J. Bowen and R. Petersen (eds), Critical Comparisons in Politics and Culture (first published in 1999), pp. 78-89.

Burawoy, M. (2009) The Extended Case Method: four countries, four decades, four great transformations, and one theoretical tradition, University of California Press.

Detienne, M. (2008) Comparing the Incomparable: cultural memory in the present, trans. J. Lloyd, Stanford: Stanford University Press (first published in French asComparer l'incomparable, Paris: Seuil, 2000).

Schleiter, F. (2009) Religion and Culture: a critical survey of methods of approach to religious phenomena,
Charleston: BiblioBazaar (first published 1919).

Education
Bray, M., Adamson, B. and Mason, M. (eds) (2007) Comparative Education Research: approaches and methods, Hong Kong: Comparative Education Research Centre.

Phillips, D. and Schweisfurth, M. (2008) Comparative and International Education: an introduction to theory, method and practice, London: Continuum.

Chapter 3: Project design in international comparative research

Anckar, D. (2007) ‘Selecting cases in cross-national political research’, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 10 (1): 49–61.

Brannen, J. and Nilsen, A. (2011) 'Comparative biographies in case-based cross-national research: methodological considerations', Sociology, 45 (4): 603–19.

Levi-Faur, D. (2006) ‘A question of size? A heuristic for stepwise comparative research design’, in B. Rihoux and H. Grimm (eds), Innovative Comparative Methods for Policy Analysis: beyond the quantitative-qualitative divide, New York: Springer, pp. 43–56.

Quilgars, D., Elsinga, M., Jones, A., Toussaint, J., Ruonavaara, H. and Naumanen, P. (2009) ‘Inside qualitative, cross-national research: making methods transparent in a EU housing policy’, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 12 (1): 19–31.

Wolff, P., Montaigne, F. and Rojas Gonzáles, G. (2010) ‘Investing in statistics’, in A.B. Atkinson and E. Marlier (eds), Income and Living Conditions in Europe, Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, pp. 37–55. http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_OFFPUB/KS-31-10-555/EN/KS-31-10-555-EN.PDF

Chapter 4: Defining and analysing concepts and contexts

See also Chapter 2 for disciplinary contexts and Chapter 6 for policy contexts.

Kucera, D. (ed.) (2010) Qualitative Indicators of Labour Standards: comparative methods and applications, Dordrecht: Springer.

Stoop, I., Billiet, J., Koch, A. and Fitzgerald, R. (2010) Improving Survey Response: lessons learned from the European Social Survey, New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Verma, V. and Betti, G. (2010) ‘Data accuracy in EU-SILC’, in A.B. Atkinson and E. Marlier (eds), Income and Living Conditions in Europe, Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, pp. 57–77. http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_OFFPUB/KS-31-10-555/EN/KS-31-10-555-EN.PDF

Chapter 5: Combining methods in international comparative research

De Weerdt, J. (2010) ‘Moving out of poverty in Tanzania: evidence from Kagara’, Journal of Development Studies, 46 (2): 331–49.

Rihoux, B. and Ragin, C.C. (eds) (2009) Configurational Comparative Methods: qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) and related techniques, London: Sage.

Chapter 6: Research and policy in international settings

Atkinson, A.B. and Marlier, E. (eds), Income and Living Conditions in Europe, Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, pp. 37–55.

Bradshaw, J. and Richardson, D. (2009) ‘An Index of Child Well-Being in Europe’, Child Indicators Research, 2

Rihoux, B. and Grimm, H. (eds) (2006) Innovative Comparative Methods for Policy Analysis: beyond the quantitative–qualitative divide, New York: Springer.

Tizot, J. (2001) ‘The issues of translation, transferability and transfer of social policies: French and British “urban social policy”: finding common ground for comparison?’, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 4 (4): 301–17.

Chapter 7: Managing international comparative research

Feng, Y. and Jament, J. (2008) ‘Can ethical guidelines be international? Students’ dilemmas researching education in China and India’, Research Intelligence (British Educational Research Association), no. 104: 24-25.

Iphofen, R. (2009) Ethical Decision Making in Social Research: a practical guide, Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Lewis, S. and Brannen, J. (2011) ‘Reflections on working in cross national teams’, in I. Jojer and S. Hojer (eds), Familj, vardagsliv och modernitet, Goteborg: Goteborg Universitet, pp. 275–86.

Manning, S. (2010) ‘The strategic formation of project networks: a relational perspective’, Human Relations, 63 (4): 551–73.