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Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences (Belfer Center Studies in International Security)

Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences (Belfer Center Studies in International Security)

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Authors: Alexander L. George, Andrew Bennett
Publisher: The MIT Press
Category: Book

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Seller: malawi
Sales Rank: 85,788

Languages: English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
Media: Paperback
Edition: Fourth Printing
Pages: 350
Number Of Items: 1
Shipping Weight (lbs): 1
Dimensions (in): 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.6

ISBN: 0262572222
UPC: 000262572222
EAN: 9780262572224
ASIN: 0262572222

Publication Date: April 15, 2005
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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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