There are strong analogies between the quest for a methodology of comparative law and the broader debate on the epistemology of social and natural sciences. In this vein, after having explored the dispute between holists and reductionists, I argue that the dichotomy between micro and macro comparative law ought to be abandoned. Building on the insights of social theory, I introduce a specific framework to bridge the two levels of enquiry through a meso analysis. This framework is applied to investigate the robustness of the findings of the legal origin theory.
Micro-Meso-Macro Comparative Law: An Essay on the Methodology of Comparative Law,
Chi.-Kent J. Int'l
& Comp. Law
Available at: http://scholarship.kentlaw.iit.edu/ckjicl/vol17/iss1/5