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CASE STUDIES AND THEORY DEVELOPMENT IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

ALEXANDER L. GEORGE , ANDREW BENNETT

2005

BOOK
Category

GENERAL TOPICS

Abstract 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 FORMAT MODELS AND HAVE ATTEMPTED TO DEVELOP THE 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 FORMAT MODELS ARE COMPLEMENTARY RATHER THAN COMPETITIVE. THE BOOK EXPLAINS HOW TO DESIGN CASE STUDY RESEARCH THAT WILL PRODUCE RESULTS USEFUL TO POLICY0AKERS AND EMPHASIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF DEVELOPING POLICE - RELEVANT THEORIES. IT OFFERS THREE MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO CASE STUDY METHODOLOGY AN EMPHASIS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF WITHIN - CASE ANALYSIS, A DETAILED DISCUSSION OF PROGRESS 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 SCIENCE METHODOLOGY AND THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE, AS WELL AS THOSE DESIGNING NEW RESEARCH PROJECTS, AND WILL CONTRIBUTE GREATLY TO THE BROADER DEBATE ABOUT SCIENTIFIC METHODS.

ISBN 9780262572224
Author(s) ALEXANDER L. GEORGE , ANDREW BENNETT
Credits
Edition 1ST ED.
Year 2005
Publisher MIT PRESS
Type BOOK
Keywords GENERAL TOPICS
Language English
Collation 331 P., 24 CM.

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