Category Archives: process tracing

Review of ‘Multi-Method Social Science’ (Seawright, CUP) – Chapter 2: Causation as A Shared Standard

Continuing the chapter-by-chapter review of Seawright’s book on Multi-Method Social Science took me longer than I imagined and it should have, but here we go again. The second chapter discusses the fundamentals of multimethod research (MMR) and identifies “Causation as … Continue reading

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Review of “Multi-Method Social Science” (Seawright, CUP): Chapter 1

Review of the first chapter of the book “Multi-Method Social Science” by Jason Seawright, published with Cambridge University Press in 2016. Continue reading

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People require preregistration, not methods

Many APSA 2016 panels and discussions in the Section on Qualitative and Multimethod Research and the Political Methodology Section were centered on the Data Access and Research Transparency (DART) Initiative (probably worth a blog post of its own). Even panels … Continue reading

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Process tracing is possible with most-likely and least-likely cases

The idea of most-likely and least-likely cases dates back to Eckstein and was one of the few remaining things in qualitative research there seemed to be no disagreement about because they are considered an asset in causal analysis. In a … Continue reading

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The rise of process tracing (in Google Books)

For what it’s worth, I wanted to see how often ‘process tracing’ is mentioned in the offerings on Google Books. I was just curious and wanted to play around with the ngram R package which allows you to query Google Ngram … Continue reading

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Another mistaken criticism of set theory and set-theoretic methods

For some time now, a discussion has been raging about the pros and cons of set theory and the use of set-theoretic methods (STM) in the social sciences (e.g., in Sociological Methodology and the APSA Newsletter). Following up on a … Continue reading

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Review of “Finding Pathways”, by Weller/Barnes

In Finding Pathways: Mixed-Method Research for Studying Causal Mechanisms, Weller and Barnes seek to explain “how the small-N component of multi-method research can meaningfully contribute and add value to the study of causal mechanisms” (quote from blurb). The book contains … Continue reading

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