Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences / Edition 1

Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences / Edition 1

by Alexander L. George, Andrew Bennett, Andrew Bennett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262572222

ISBN-13: 9780262572224

Pub. Date: 02/15/2005

Publisher: MIT Press

The use of case studies to build and test theories in political science and the other social sciences has increased in recent years. Many scholars have argued that the social sciences rely too heavily on quantitative research and formal models and have attempted to develop and refine rigorous methods for using case studies. This text presents a comprehensive

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The use of case studies to build and test theories in political science and the other social sciences has increased in recent years. Many scholars have argued that the social sciences rely too heavily on quantitative research and formal models and have attempted to develop and refine rigorous methods for using case studies. This text presents a comprehensive analysis of research methods using case studies and examines the place of case studies in social science methodology. It argues that case studies, statistical methods, and formal models are complementary rather than competitive.

The book explains how to design case study research that will produce results useful to policymakers and emphasizes the importance of developing policy-relevant theories. It offers three major contributions to case study methodology: an emphasis on the importance of within-case analysis, a detailed discussion of process tracing, and development of the concept of typological theories. Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences will be particularly useful to graduate students and scholars in social science methodology and the philosophy of science, as well as to those designing new research projects, and will contribute greatly to the broader debate about scientific methods.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262572224
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
02/15/2005
Series:
Belfer Center Studies in International Security
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
350
Sales rank:
396,157
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Case studies and theory development3
Ch. 2Case study methods and research on the interdemocratic peace37
Ch. 3The method of structured, focused comparison67
Ch. 4Phase one : designing case study research73
Ch. 5Phase two : carrying out the case studies89
Ch. 6Phase three : drawing the implications of case findings for theory109
Ch. 7Case studies and the philosophy of science127
Ch. 8Comparative methods : controlled comparison and within-case analysis151
Ch. 9The congruence method181
Ch. 10Process-tracing and historical explanation205
Ch. 11Integrating comparative and within-case analysis : typological theory233
Ch. 12Case studies and policy-relevant theory263
AppStudies that illustrate research design287

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