Case Studies And Theory Development In The Social Sciences

April 15, 2005|
Case Studies And Theory Development In The Social Sciences by Alexander L. George
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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 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.

The book explains how to design case study research that will produce results useful to policymakers and emphasizes the importance of developing policy-relevant theories. It offers three major contributions to case study methodology: an emphasis on the importance of within-case analysis, a detailed discussion of process tracing, and development of the concept of typological theories. Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences will be particularly useful to graduate students and scholars in social science methodology and the philosophy of science, as well as to those designing new research projects, and will contribute greatly to the broader debate about scientific methods.

Alexander L. George was Graham H. Stuart Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Stanford University and the author or coauthor of many books, most recently Presidential Personality and Performance (1998).Andrew Bennett is Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University and the author of Condemned to Repetition? The Rise,...
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Title:Case Studies And Theory Development In The Social Sciences
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:352 pages, 9.31 X 6.19 X 0.65 in
Shipping dimensions:352 pages, 9.31 X 6.19 X 0.65 in
Published:April 15, 2005
Publisher:MIT Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780262572224

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