xv, 331 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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BCSIA studies in international security.
"The use of case studies to build and test theories in political science and the other social sciences has increased in recent years. Many scholars have argued that the social sciences rely too heavily on quantitative research and formal models and thus have attempted to develop and refine rigorous methods for using case studies. This text presents a comprehensive analysis of research methods using case studies and examines the place of case studies in social science methodology. It argues that case studies, statistical methods, and formal models are complementary rather than competitive"--P. 4 of cover.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
pt. I. Case studies and social science. Case studies and theory development ; Case study methods and research on the interdemocratic peace A pedagogical note to Parts II and III pt. II. How to do case studies. The method of structured, focused comparison ; Phase one: Designing case study research ; Phase two: Carrying out the case studies ; Phase three: Drawing the implications of case findings for theory pt. III. Alternative methods and select issues. Case studies and the philosophy of science ; Comparative methods: controlled comparison and within-case analysis ; The congruence method ; Process-tracing and historical explanation ; Integrating comparative and within-case analysis: typological theory ; Case studies and policy-relevant theory Appendix: Studies that illustrate research design.