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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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What do we learn about case studies from follow-up regression analysis?

Most multi-method research (MMR) studies with which I am familiar start with regression analysis (or, in recent years, QCA) and perform the case studies afterward. This is the order recommended by Lieberman in his nested analysis article which, in turn, … Continue reading

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Qualitative Methods: A Field in Search of Common Ground

Qualitative Methods (i.e., process tracing, set theoretic methods, informal Bayesian inference etc.) and multi-method research, in particular the combination of regression analysis or QCA with case studies, are certainly a growth industry in political science and sociology. In light of … Continue reading

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Reader’s view: Goertz/Mahoney (2012): A Tale of Two Cultures

Under the rubric of “Reader’s view”, I will post short reviews of books, mostly from the field of social science methods. The first post deals with Goertz and Mahoney’s (GM) A Tale of Two Cultures (Goertz, Gary and James Mahoney … Continue reading

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Comparative politics and the choice of methods

The current APSA Comparative Politics Newsletter is dedicated to “Doing Comparative Politics Elsewhere” (i.e. , outside of the US). Thomas Plümper contributes a discussion on Comparative Politics in Europe. In brief, Plümper argues that, until recently, the field of Comparative … Continue reading

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Mechanisms in qualitative and quantitative research

Research on causal mechanisms is a growth industry, with the largest percentage of studies falling into the camp of qualitative research. The reason for this is the admonition that correlation is not causation, implying the claim that valid causal inference … Continue reading

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