Case Study Research Principles and Practices

ISBN-10: 0521676568
ISBN-13: 9780521676564
Edition: 2007
Authors: John Gerring
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Book details

List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/11/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 278
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836

Case Study Research: Principles and Practices aims to provide a general understanding of the case study method as well as specific tools for its successful implementation. These tools can be utilized in all fields where the case study method is prominent, including business, anthropology, communications, economics, education, medicine, political science, social work, and sociology. Topics include the definition of a 'case study,' the strengths and weaknesses of this distinctive method, strategies for choosing cases, an experimental template for understanding research design, and the role of singular observations in case study research. It is argued that a diversity of approaches - experimental, observational, qualitative, quantitative, ethnographic - may be successfully integrated into case study research. This book breaks down traditional boundaries between qualitative and quantitative, experimental and nonexperimental, positivist and interpretivist.

John Gerring is Professor of Political Science at Boston University, where he teaches courses on methodology and comparative politics. He has published several books including Social Science Methodology: A Criterial Framework (Cambridge University Press, 2001), Case Study Research: Principles and Practices (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and A Centripetal Theory of Democratic Governance (Cambridge University Press, 2008). He served as a fellow of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, New Jersey), as a member of The National Academy of Sciences' Committee on the Evaluation of USAID Programs to Support the Development of Democracy, as President of the American Political Science Association's Organized Section on Qualitative and Multi-Method Research and is the current recipient of a grant from the National Science Foundation to collect historical data related to colonialism and long-term development.

Acknowledgments
The Conundrum of the Case Study
Thinking About Case Studies
What Is a Case Study? The Problem of Definition
What Is a Case Study Good For? Case Study versus Large-N Cross-Case Analysis
Doing Case Studies
Preliminaries
Techniques for Choosing Cases
Internal Validity: An Experimental Template
Internal Validity: Process Tracing
Epilogue: Single-Outcome Studies
Glossary
References
Name Index
Subject Index

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