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

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Overview

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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"Today, more and more social scientists recognize the importance of cases in social and political research and are looking for new ways to make their research more case oriented.

George and Bennett show how in this important new work. The beauty of their approach is their careful integration of theory and method and their conviction that the pursuit of empirical knowledge is profoundly theory dependent."—Charles Ragin, Professor of Sociology, University ofArizona

"Andrew Bennett and Alexander George have written an immensely helpful practical guide to the case method. It offers sharp insight on scientific inference and very useful how-to guidance on doing case studies. Graduate students in social science: don't leave home without it!"—Stephen Van Evera, Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyPlease note: The endorser has provided a shorter quote, as follows: "An immensely helpful practical guide to the case method."

"The history of social science shows that well-designed case studies can be both a fertile source of new theories and a powerful tool for testing them. *Case Studies and TheoryDevelopment in the Social Sciences* raises our understanding of case study methodology to a new level of rigor and sophistication. George and Bennett provide a careful analysis of the virtues and pitfalls of comparative case study research and offer valuable advice for any scholar engaged in qualitative research. The more widely this book is read, the better future social science will be."—Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs, John F. KennedySchool of Government, Harvard UniversityPlease note: The last sentence of the endorsement may be excerpted.

"This is an extraordinarily valuable book — a guide written with the practitioner in mind, very sophisticated in its approach to the subject, but loaded with practical advice. George and Bennett show how systematic, rigorous, and above all meaningful case study work is to be done.

This is the sort of book scholars — and not just graduate students — will want to come back to over and over again."—Marc Trachtenberg, Professor of Political Science, University of California,Los AngelesPlease note: The last sentence of the endorsement may be excerpted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262572224
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2005
  • Series: Belfer Center Studies in International Security
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 598,651
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexander L. George is Graham H. Stuart Professor of Political Science Emeritus at StanfordUniversity and the author or coauthor of many books, most recently Presidential Personality and Performance (1998).

Andrew Bennett is Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University and the author ofCondemned to Repetition? The Rise, Fall, and Reprise of Soviet-Russian MilitaryInterventionism, 1973-1996 (MIT Press, 1999).

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Case studies and theory development 3
Ch. 2 Case study methods and research on the interdemocratic peace 37
Ch. 3 The method of structured, focused comparison 67
Ch. 4 Phase one : designing case study research 73
Ch. 5 Phase two : carrying out the case studies 89
Ch. 6 Phase three : drawing the implications of case findings for theory 109
Ch. 7 Case studies and the philosophy of science 127
Ch. 8 Comparative methods : controlled comparison and within-case analysis 151
Ch. 9 The congruence method 181
Ch. 10 Process-tracing and historical explanation 205
Ch. 11 Integrating comparative and within-case analysis : typological theory 233
Ch. 12 Case studies and policy-relevant theory 263
App Studies that illustrate research design 287
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