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Researching state rescaling in China: methodological reflections

Lim, Kean Fan

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Kean Fan Lim


This paper foregrounds and evaluates the research design associated with the study of Chinese state rescaling. It first synthesizes the existing gaps in the original, western-based state rescaling framework. The paper then explores how different methodological channels are integrated to support a revised analytical framework. Specifically, it presents the value of multi-sited comparisons through (a) the ‘extended case method’ and (b) the role of the ‘concurrent nested approach’ to data collection. In so doing, the paper offers a systematic assessment of the methodological contributions and constraints in ascertaining and explaining how regulatory reconfigurations unfold across space and time in China.


Lim, K. F. (2018). Researching state rescaling in China: methodological reflections. Area Development and Policy, 3(2), 170-184.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 15, 2017
Online Publication Date Oct 23, 2017
Publication Date Jul 30, 2018
Deposit Date Sep 18, 2017
Publicly Available Date Apr 24, 2019
Journal Area Development and Policy
Electronic ISSN 2379-2957
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 2
Pages 170-184
Keywords state rescaling; research design; extended case method; policy experimentation
fieldwork; China
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Area Development and Policy on 23 October 2017 available online:


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