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Subnational Research in Comparative Politics


Agustina Giraudy, Eduardo Moncada, Richard Snyder, Imke Harbers, Matthew C. Ingram, Hillel Soifer, Gavril Bilev, Caroline Beer, Guillermo Trejo, Sandra Ley, Ana Arjona, Prerna Singh, Sunila S. Kale, Nimah Mazaheri, Meg Rithmire
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  • Date Published: June 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108496582

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  • Although comparative politics is conventionally seen as the study of politics across countries, the field has a longstanding and increasingly prominent tradition in national contexts; focusing on subnational units, institutions, actors and processes. This book offers the first comprehensive assessment of the substantive, theoretical, and methodological contributions. With empirical chapters from across the contemporary Global South, including India, Mexico, and China, as well as Russia, the contributors show how subnational research provides useful insights about substantive themes in political science, from regimes and representation, to states and security, to social and economic development. In addition to methodological chapters with specific guidance about best practices for doing subnational research, this volume also proposes a set of strategies for subnational research, assesses their strengths and weaknesses, and offers illustrative empirical applications.

    • Delivers the first comprehensive overview of the value that subnational research offers to both students and scholars of comparative politics
    • Draws on detailed case studies from China, Colombia, India, Mexico, and Russia
    • Provides students and scholars with methodological guidance for doing subnational research
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    • Date Published: June 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108496582
    • length: 386 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 158 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • contains: 33 b/w illus. 2 maps 18 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Subnational research in comparative politics: substantive, theoretical and methodological contributions Agustina Giraudy, Eduardo Moncada and Richard Snyder
    Part I. Issues of Method and Research Design:
    2. Politics in space: methodological considerations for taking space seriously in subnational research Imke Harbers and Matthew C. Ingram
    3. Units of analysis in subnational research Hillel Soifer
    Part II. Regimes and Representation:
    4. Politics in the provinces: subnational regimes in Russia, 1992–2005 Gavril Bilev
    5. Multi-level causation in gender policy: abortion and violence against women laws in the Mexican states Caroline Beer
    Part III. States and Security:
    6. Multi-level Partisan conflict and drug violence in Mexico: when do criminal organizations attack subnational elected officials? Guillermo Trejo and Sandra Ley
    7. Subnational units, the locus of choice, and concept formation: conceptualizing civilian behavior in contexts of Civil War Ana Arjona
    Part IV. Social and Economic Development:
    8. Subnationalism and social development: the subnational welfare state in India Prerna Singh
    9. Indigenous welfare, tribal homelands, and the impact of civil society organizations: a subnational analysis of federal India Sunila S. Kale and Nimah Mazaheri
    10. Local states of play: land and urban politics in reform era China Meg Rithmire
    11. Empirical and theoretical frontiers of subnational research in comparative politics Agustina Giraudy, Eduardo Moncada and Richard Snyder.

  • Editors

    Agustina Giraudy, American University, Washington DC
    Agustina Giraudy is Assistant Professor at American University. Her research focuses on subnational democracy and subnational institutions in developing countries. She is the author of Democrats and Autocrats (2015).

    Eduardo Moncada, Barnard College, Columbia University
    Eduardo Moncada is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University. His research focuses on crime, violence, and the political economy of development. He is the author of Cities, Business and the Politics of Urban Violence in Latin America (2016).

    Richard Snyder, Brown University, Rhode Island
    Richard Snyder is a faculty fellow at the Watson Institute and a professor in the Department of Political Science at Brown University, Rhode Island. He is the author of Politics after Neoliberalism: Reregulation in Mexico (Cambridge, 2001) and Passion, Craft and Method in Comparative Politics (2007) with Gerardo L. Munck.


    Agustina Giraudy, Eduardo Moncada, Richard Snyder, Imke Harbers, Matthew C. Ingram, Hillel Soifer, Gavril Bilev, Caroline Beer, Guillermo Trejo, Sandra Ley, Ana Arjona, Prerna Singh, Sunila S. Kale, Nimah Mazaheri, Meg Rithmire

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