Tag Archives: process tracing

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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What Homeland has to do with causal inference in process tracing

More often than one might expect, television series and films offer excellent illustrations of methodological and methods-related arguments (which is worth a blog post of its own). When I was working on my paper on comparative hypothesis testing in process … Continue reading

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Three varieties of process tracing? It’s four

People familiar with the development of qualitative methods know that process tracing has developed rapidly over the last years. As the discussion about a method becomes broader and deeper, it becomes more important to systematize and sort the field in … Continue reading

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Frequentist inference and process tracing: an oxymoron?

The methods literature on process tracing took a Bayesian turn in recent years. Bayesian inference, whereby you condition on evidence in order to update your prior confidence in a hypothesis, is presented as a mode of inference one should follow … Continue reading

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