Designing Social Inquiry: Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research
Princeton University Press, May 2, 1994 - Social Science - 264 pages
While heated arguments between practitioners of qualitative and quantitative research have begun to test the very integrity of the social sciences, Gary King, Robert Keohane, and Sidney Verba have produced a farsighted and timely book that promises to sharpen and strengthen a wide range of research performed in this field. These leading scholars, each representing diverse academic traditions, have developed a unified approach to valid descriptive and causal inference in qualitative research, where numerical measurement is either impossible or undesirable. Their book demonstrates that the same logic of inference underlies both good quantitative and good qualitative research designs, and their approach applies equally to each.
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This book has become an essential read for any comparative methods course; as much to provoke thinking and discussion on what constitutes 'good' social science using comparative methods as anything else.
For an application and critique of the approach advocated by King, Keohane and Verba using an example from Central Asia, see http://www.tlu.ee/stss/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/stss_jun_2013_kevlihan.pdf
Brady and Collier's "Rethinking Social Inquiry" offers a more general critique and is definitely worth a read.