Mixed Methods in Comparative Politics: Principles and Applications

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Springer, Sep 26, 2012 - Political Science - 245 pages
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.