Is there no way of bridging this gap? (Between case study and generalizing)
In theory, that is, methodologically speaking, we do have to choose between alternative strategies of inquiry.
In practice, that is, in our actual proceedings, the comparativist is required to draw on the information provided by single-country, configurative studies; and, conversely, the single-country specialist who ignores comparative findings harms his own endeavor.
Comparing and Mis-comparing
Journal of Theoretical Politics 3(3): 243-257(1991)