The Case Study Anthology / Edition 1

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The Case Study Anthology, the latest from bestselling author Robert Yin, introduces readers to the world of case study research. It contains 19 carefully chosen and well-edited works, some of which represent excerpts from all-time classic case studies in sociology, political science, and related disciplines. This anthology will help readers to understand how case study research has been conducted—including the current state of the art—and how they might conduct their own case studies.

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Editorial Reviews

Doctor - Larissa A. Grunig
“This anthology is very useful. It speaks directly to students. The writing is extraordinarily strong throughout the samples—clear and concise, interesting and insightful, authoritative and accessible. This is a book I will order with enthusiasm as required reading in my course on research design.”
Kenneth Watson
Every case in the Anthology is worth reading.
Dr. Larissa A. Grunig
“This anthology is very useful. It speaks directly to students. The writing is extraordinarily strong throughout the samples—clear and concise, interesting and insightful, authoritative and accessible. This is a book I will order with enthusiasm as required reading in my course on research design.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761929260
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/7/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert K. Yin is President of COSMOS Corporation, an applied research and social science firm. Over the years, COSMOS has successfully completed hundreds of projects for federal agencies, state and local agencies, and private foundations, and most of this book’s applications come from these projects.

Outside of COSMOS, Dr. Yin has assisted numerous other research groups, helping to train their field teams or to design research studies. A recent engagement has been with the United Nations Development Programme, and another assignment has been to provide guidance to assist doctoral students at the University of Copenhagen. Currently, Dr. Yin holds the position of distinguished scholar-in-residence at American University’s School of International Service (Washington, DC). Earlier, he served as Visiting Scholar at the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s research methodology division.

Dr. Yin has authored nearly 100 journal articles and books. His first book on the case study method, Case Study Research: Design and Methods (2014) is in its fifth edition. He has edited two case study anthologies (Yin, 2004; and 2005) and has most recently authored a new text on qualitative research methods (Yin, 2011). Dr. Yin received his B.A. in history from Harvard College (magna cum laude) and his Ph.D. in brain and cognitive sciences from M.I.T.

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Table of Contents

Sect. I Theoretical perspectives and case selection 1
1 The epidemic that never was : policy-making and the swine flu scare 2
2 Essence of decision : explaining the Cuban missile crisis 13
3 Middletown : a study of modern American culture 25
4 Yankee city : the social life of a modern community 33
5 Implementation : how great expectations in Washington are dashed in Oakland 47
Sect. II The strength of multiple cases 55
6 Korea : winning with microwaves 57
7 The rise of the Pentagon and U.S. state building : the defense program as industrial policy 69
8 New towns-in-town : the limits of centralization 85
Sect. III Quantitative evidence and "embedded" units of analysis 97
9 Implementing an education innovation 99
10 Union democracy : the internal politics of the International Typographical Union 113
11 Testing the basic logic of the Chicago School Reform Act 125
Sect. IV More illustrations of case study evidence 139
12 Winning at the game : Intel and Silicon Valley fever 141
13 Civil society and crisis : culture, discourse, and the Rodney King beating 155
14 Working : growth of high-technology culture 179
15 Head start : the inside story of America's most successful educational experiment 193
Sect. V Analyses and conclusions 203
16 The organization of a methadone program 205
17 Transformation in the New York City Police Department 219
18 Communities not fazed : why military base closures may not be catastrophic 233
19 Lessons from Houston : fighting to save our urban schools 251
Index 263
About the editor 271
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