Social Science Methodology A Criterial Framework

ISBN-10: 0521805139
ISBN-13: 9780521805131
Edition: 2001
Authors: John Gerring
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Book details

List price: $33.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/10/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 324
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

This book offers a one-volume introduction to social science methodology, relevant to the disciplines of anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology. It is written for beginning students, long-time practitioners and methodologists, and applies to work conducted in qualitative and quantitative styles. It synthesizes the vast and diverse field of methodology in a way that is clear, concise, and comprehensive. While offering a handy overview of the subject, the book is also an argument about how we should conceptualize methodological problems. Tasks and criteria, the author argues - not fixed rules of procedure - best describe the search for methodological adequacy. Thinking about methodology through this lens provides a new framework for understanding work in the social sciences.

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.

Preface
The problem of unity amidst diversity
A criterial framework
Concepts
Concepts: general criteria
The process of forming concepts
Propositions
Empirical propositions: general criteria
Description and prediction
Causation
Causal Investigation
Verification
Case selection
Methods
General strategy
Postscript: justifications
Bibliography

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