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Qualitative Research in Political Science

  • ID: 4031585
  • Book
  • 1504 pages
  • SAGE Publications Ltd
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In recent years there has been an explosion of research on qualitative methodology and methods in the social sciences at large, and in the field of Political Science in particular. This Major Work presents a comprehensively curated collection of key literature on this subject, organised into four thematic volumes:

Volume One includes papers on the ontological and epistemological foundations of qualitative research, before moving onto articles that compare qualitative with quantitative research, as well as statements that contrast the divergent strands within qualitative research.

Volume Two includes literature that exemplifies the tradition and techniques of cross-case comparisons.

Volume Three is devoted to the spectrum of approaches that focuses on within-case analysis in order to provide evidence for causal claims. The selected works shed light on the corresponding major concepts: causal mechanisms, congruence and process tracing.

Volume Four captures the spectrum of qualitative methods that highlights the importance of context and social constructions (meanings) and is most often summed up as interpretivism: ethnographic and practice approaches as well as discourse, frame and narrative analysis.

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Introduction to Volume I

Part One: The Revolt in the US: Alternatives to the Statistical Template

The Science in Social Science Gary King, Robert O. Keohane and Sidney Verba

Refocussing the Discussion of Methodology Henry E. Brady, David Collier and Jason Seawright

Studying Cases as Configurations Charles C. Ragin

Aligning Ontology and Methodology in Comparative Politics Peter A. Hall

Case Studies and Policy Relevant Theory Alexander L. George and Andrew Bennett

Part Two: Building on and Defending European Traditions: From Verstehen to Practice and Interpretation

Interpretation and the Sciences of Man Charles Taylor

Five Misunderstandings about Case Study Research Bent Flyvbjerg

Interpretive Empirical Political Science: What Makes This Not a Subfield of Qualitative Methods Dvora Yanow

Part Three: Differentiating Methodological Approaches

A Tale of Two Cultures: Contrasting Quantitative and Qualitative Research James Mahoney and Gary Goertz

Qualitative Variations: The Sources of Divergent Methodological Approaches Kendra L. Koivu and Erie Kimball Damman

Relevance and Refinements of Case Studies Joachim Blatter and Markus Haverland

Part Four: Concept Building as the Analytic Path for Connecting Description and Meaning

Extract from "Guidelines for Concept Analysis" Giovanni Sartori

Democracy with Adjectives: Conceptual Innovation in Comparative Research David Collier and Steve Levitsky

Concept Formation in Political Science: An Anti-Naturalist Critique of Qualitative Methodology Mark Bevir and Asasf Kedar

Part Five: The Call for Transparency: Rigor and/or Reflexivity in Data Collection/Creation

Extract from "Openness in Political Science: Data Access and Research Transparency" Arthur Lupia and Colin Elman

Conclusion: Research Transparency for a Diverse Discipline Tim Büthe and Alan M. Jacobs


Introduction to Volume II

Part One: Classical Statements on Case Comparisons

Comparative Politics and the Comparative Method Arend Lijphart

Research Designs Adam Przeworski and Henry Teune

Part Two: Refinements of Case Comparisons

Some Methodological Problems in Comparative Politics Andrew Murray Faure

On Time and Comparative Research Stefano Bartolini

Part Three: Case Selection

Insights and Pitfalls: Selection Bias in Qualitative Research David Collier and James Mahoney

The Possibility Principle: Choosing Negative Cases in Comparative Research James Mahoney and Gary Goertz

Case Selection Techniques in Case Study Research: A Menu of Qualitative and Quantitative Options Jason Seawright and John Gerring

Part Four: Configurational Approaches

Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) as an Approach Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Gisèle De Meur, Benoît Rihoux and Charles C. Ragin

Set Relations in Social Research: Basics Concepts and Fuzzy Sets and Fuzzy-Set Relations Charles C. Ragin

Where to Begin: A Survey of Five Approaches to Selecting Independent Variables for Qualitative Comparative Analysis Edwin Amenta and Jane D. Poulsen

A Coincidence Analysis of a Causal Chain: The Swiss Minaret Vote Michael Baumgartner and Ruedi Epple

Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and Fuzzy Sets: The Agenda for a Research Approach and a Data Analysis Technique Claudius Wagemann and Carsten Q. Schneider

Part Five: Correlations versus Configurations

Forms and Problems of Comparison Ingo Rohlfing


Introduction to Volume III

Part One: Mechanisms

Social Mechanisms: An Introductory Essay Peter Hedström and Richard Swedberg

Mechanisms in the Analysis of Social Macro-Phenomena Renate Mayntz

Context and Causal Mechanisms in Political Analysis Tulia G. Falle
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Joachim K. Blatter - Univeristy of Lucerne, Switzerland
Markus Haverland - Erasmus University Rotterdam
Merlijn v. Hulst - Tilburg University
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