Mixed Methods in Comparative Politics: Principles and Applications

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Springer, Sep 26, 2012 - Political Science - 245 pages
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This book approaches current controversies concerning qualitative and quantitative procedures in the social sciences and incorporates new methods showing how they can supplement each other. It is based on a comprehensive international research project that readers can apply to their findings through the data set provided on the author's home page.

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List ofIllustrations Preface and Acknowledgements
The State oftheArtin Empirical Democratic Theory 3 Comparative ResearchDesignsandCase Selection 4 Model Specification and Operationalization
A Case Study Belgium 6 Testing Major Hypotheses with QualitativeComparative Analysis 7 Establishing Similarities and Dissimilarities
Systematic MatchingandContrasting ofCases 9 Reduction of Complexity
10 8 Major Actorsand Moves
CrossSectional Analysis 11 Longitudinal Analyses 12 Conclusions and Perspectives
List and Sources of Variables
Name Index

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DIRK BERG-SCHLOSSER is Professor of Political Science at the Institute of Political Science, Philipps University, Germany. He was Chair of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) 2003-2006 and Vice-President of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) 2006-2009. His previous publications include The Conditions of Democracy in Europe 1919-39: Systematic Case Studies and Authoritarianism and Democracy in Europe, 1919-39: Comparative Analyses.