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Strany a stranické soustavy v Jihovýchodní Asii a Oceánii: subkontinentální rámce, srovnávací výzkum a utváření teorie politických stran

Title in English Parties and Party Arrangements in Southeast Asia and Oceania: sub-continental frameworks, comparative research and building of a theory of parties


Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Politologický časopis
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Field Political sciences
Keywords political parties; comparative research; Southeast Asia; Oceania
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Description The major purpose of the article is to assess a contribution of the study of parties and party arrangements of Southeast Asian and Oceanian (particularly Melanesian and Polynesian) polities to the contemporary comparative party research, as well as to party theory-building. The sub-continental frameworks of Southeast Asia and Oceania offer a large range of opportunities for comparative enterprises. However, the development of innovative theorizing drawing from investigations into the Southeast Asian and Oceanian party phenomena has been constrained by persisting inconsistencies in conceptualization and/or categorization of party arrangements, and – even more importantly – by a low awareness of methodological and epistemological problems that are involved in cross-area comparisons. The authors argue that a reassessment of research strategies is needed in order to change this situation.
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