International Social Research Methods


A number of books provide an overview of the many aspects of researching in international contexts, and several have become classics in the theoretical and methods literature. The works listed below are grouped according to their disciplinary field.


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General coverage of the comparative approaches in the social sciences

  • Hantrais, L. (2005) 'Combining methods: a key to understanding complexity in European societies?', European Societies, 7(3): 399–421.
  • Hantrais, L. (2009) International Comparative Research: theory, methods and practice, London / New York: Palgrave. July 2012
  • Hantrais, L. and Mangen, S. (eds) (1996) Cross-National Research Methods in the Social Sciences, London / New York: Pinter / Cassels.
  • Hantrais, L. and Mangen, S. (eds) (2007) Cross-National Research Methodology & Practice, London / New York: Routledge.
  • Lallement, M. and Spurk, J. (eds) (2003) Stratégies de la comparaison internationale, Paris: CNRS Éditions.
  • Lewis, S. and Brannen, J. (2011) ‘Reflections on working in cross national teams’, in I. Jojer and S. Hojer (eds), Familj, vardagsliv och modernitet, Goteborg: Goteborg Universitet, pp. 275–87.
  • Manning, S. (2010) ‘The strategic formation of project networks: a relational perspective’, Human Relations, 63 (4): 551–73.
  • Øyen, E. (ed.) (1990) Comparative Methodology: theory and practice in international social research, London / Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
  • Przeworski, A. and Teune, H. (1970) The Logic of Comparative Social Inquiry, 1st edn, New York / London: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Ragin, C. (1987) The Comparative Method: moving beyond qualitative and quantitative strategies, Berkeley, CA / London: University of California Press.
  • de Vaus, D. (2008) ‘Comparative and cross-national designs’, chapter 15 in P. Aluusatari, L. Bickman and J. Brannen (eds), Handbook of Social Research, London: Sage.
  • Vigour, C. (2005) La Comparaison dans les sciences sociales: pratiques et méthodes, Paris: La Découverte.
  • Warwick, D.P. and Osherson, S. (eds), Comparative Research Methods, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Comparative social research and social surveys

Comparative qualitative social research methods and studies

Comparative sociology

Comparative anthropology and ethnology

Comparative politics

Comparative law

Comparative political economy and organisations

Comparative social and public policy

Comparative education

Management of international comparative research projects

Multidisciplinary case studies