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From the Publisher"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 of Arizona
"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 Theory Development 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. Kennedy School 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.