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Comparative research methods


Esser, Frank; Vliegenthart, Rens (2017). Comparative research methods. In: Matthes, Jörg. International Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods. Hoboken: Wiley Blackwell, 1-22.

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In this paper, we discuss the opportunities and challenges of comparative research. We outline the major obstacles in terms of building a comparative theoretical framework, collecting good quality data and analyzing those data, but also explicate the advantages and research questions that can be addressed when taking a comparative approach. Additionally, the chapter discusses statistical techniques that can be used to analyze quantitative comparative data. We end with a discussion on how globalization impacts comparative (mainly cross-national) research and how such trends might call for integration of research of multiple research units at multiple levels.

Abstract

In this paper, we discuss the opportunities and challenges of comparative research. We outline the major obstacles in terms of building a comparative theoretical framework, collecting good quality data and analyzing those data, but also explicate the advantages and research questions that can be addressed when taking a comparative approach. Additionally, the chapter discusses statistical techniques that can be used to analyze quantitative comparative data. We end with a discussion on how globalization impacts comparative (mainly cross-national) research and how such trends might call for integration of research of multiple research units at multiple levels.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cross-national communications, comparative analysis, case selection, most similar and most different cases design, securing equivalence, globalization
Language:English
Date:2017
Deposited On:01 Mar 2018 13:38
Last Modified:08 Apr 2020 09:55
Publisher:Wiley Blackwell
ISBN:978-1-118-90176-2
OA Status:Green
Related URLs:https://www.recherche-portal.ch/ZAD:default_scope:ebi01_prod011069005 (Library Catalogue)

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