Causal Case Study Methods

Foundations and Guidelines for Comparing, Matching, and Tracing

Subjects: Political Science, Political Methodology
Paperback : 9780472053223, 398 pages, 40 figures, 26 tables, 6 x 9, July 2016
Hardcover : 9780472073221, 398 pages, 40 figures, 26 tables, 6 x 9, July 2016
Ebook : 9780472122318, 416 pages, 40 figures, 26 tables, August 2016
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An introduction to causal case study methods, complete with step-by-step guidelines and examples

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In this comprehensive reconstruction of causal case study methods, Derek Beach, Rasmus Brun Pedersen, and their coauthors delineate the ontological and epistemological differences among these methods, offer suggestions for determining the appropriate methods for a given research project, and explain the step-by-step application of selected methods.

Causal Case Study Methods begins with the cohesive, logical foundations for small-n comparative methods, congruence methods, and process tracing, then delineate the distinctive types of causal relationships for which each method is appropriate. Next, the authors provide practical instruction for deploying each of the methods individually and in combination. They walk the researcher through each stage of the research process, starting with issues of concept formation and the formulation of causal claims in ways that are compatible with case-based research. They then develop guidelines for using Bayesian logic as a set of practical questions for translating empirical data into evidence that may or may not confirm causal inferences.

Widely acclaimed instructors, the authors draw upon their extensive experience at the graduate level in university classrooms, summer and winter school courses, and professional workshops, around the globe.

Derek Beach is Associate Professor of Political Science at Aarhus University.

Rasmus Brun Pedersen is Associate Professor of Political Science at Aarhus University.

Causal Case Study Methods is an insightful volume that brings together a comprehensive survey of the epistemological and ontological foundations of case-study methods with a set of guidelines for the design and execution of these studies. The authors have written an important book, one that is accessible to students and provocatively argued for more seasoned users of case-study methods.”
—David Waldner, University of Virginia

“This book explicates the logic of case study methods in their own terms rather than those of quantitative methods. While scholars will continue to debate the difficult issues it raises on determinism, most/least likely cases, and the value of using case selection to control for alternative explanations, researchers will benefit from the book’s philosophical discussion and practical advice on case studies.”
—Andrew Bennett, Georgetown University