The Comparative Method: Moving Beyond Qualitative and Quantitative Strategies

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Univ of California Press, Jul 18, 2014 - Social Science - 185 pages
"This splendidly original work . . . will become an epistemological landmark appreciated by many different schools of thought that have wrestled with the methodological problems Ragin raises and answers."—Daniel Chirot, University of Washington

"Charles Ragin has produced a well-argued and highly provocative contribution to the growing literature on methods of comparative and historical sociology. While not everyone will agree, all will learn from this book. The result will be to intensify the dialogue between theory and evidence in comparative research, furthering a fruitful symbiosis of 'quantitative' and 'qualitative' methods."—Theda Skocpol, Harvard University
 

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Contents

The Distinctiveness of Comparative Social Science
1
Heterogeneity and Causal Complexity
19
CaseOriented Comparative Methods
34
The VariableOriented Approach
53
Combined Versus Synthetic Comparative Strategies
69
Basic Concepts
85
Extensions of Boolean Methods of Qualitative Comparison
103
Applications of Boolean Methods of Qualitative Comparison
125
The Dialogue of Ideas and Evidence in Social Research
164
Index
181
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Charles C. Ragin is Chancellor's Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine.

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