Category: Current Affairs

Area Studies and Comparative Politics: Who Won the Area Studies Wars After All?

Back in the early 2000s, graduate students in political science often read about the so-called “area studies wars” of the 1990s (link, link, link, link, link). These were portrayed as a battle between country specialists who favored qualitative methods, on the one hand, and “rational choice theorists” who favored mathematical models of the social world, […]