To a skeptic, Comparative Areas Studies seems fraught with pitfalls. One standard for case selection holds that cases should be analytically equivalent for comparison. This talk will question the notion of explanation underpinning such advice and offer an alternative. Unwieldy comparisons can be fruitful, so long as researchers establish a minimal alikeness among cases, richly measure their initial conditions, and employ vigorous within-case analysis.
Ryan Saylor is Associate Professor at Tulsa University