Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences

ISBN-10: 0262572222
ISBN-13: 9780262572224
Edition: 2004
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List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 4/15/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 350
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

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 thus 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 it 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.

Preface
Case Studies and Social Science
Case Studies and Theory Development
Case Study Methods and Research on the Interdemocratic Peace
A Pedagogical Note to Parts II and III
How to Do Case Studies
The Method of Structured, Focused Comparison
Phase One: Designing Case Study Research
Phase Two: Carrying Out the Case Studies
Phase Three: Drawing the Implications of Case Finding for Theory
Alternative Methods and Select Issues
Case Studies and the Philosophy of Science
Comparative Methods: Controlled Comparison and Within-Case Analysis
The Congruence Method
Process-Tracing and Historical Explanation
Integrating Comparative and Within-Case Analysis: Typological Theory
Case Studies and Policy-Relevant Theory
Appendix: Studies That Illustrate Research Design
Index
About the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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