Comparative Area Studies
Comparative area studies is one of the most promising new approaches in comparative politics. It builds on the contribution that area studies has made to political science and develops a framework for comparing political phenomena across world regions. This research design allows for a better appreciation and specification of regional similarities and differences. The fundamental insight from comparative area studies is that region mediates global and universal processes and therefore is an explanatory variable in its own right. As far as I know, this is the first time a university offers a course in comparative area studies.