Building blocks for a methodology for comparative urban political research

Bas Denters, Karen Mossberger

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Comparative urban political research offers scholars the opportunity to develop theory and to compare practice, yet there is a need for more conscious attention to the comparative method and the special opportunities and challenges involved in its application to local political phenomena. This article examines and makes recommendations on issues that are particularly relevant to cross-national research in urban politics and policy, including dealing with multiple levels of analysis, improving research design, and improving conceptualization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)550-571
Number of pages22
JournalUrban Affairs Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Mar 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Comparative methodology
  • Comparative research
  • Urban politics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Urban Studies


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