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Case studies and theory development in the social sciences

Author: Alexander L George; Andrew Bennett
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2005.
Series: BCSIA studies in international security.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 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
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Cas, Études de
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander L George; Andrew Bennett
ISBN: 0262072572 9780262072571 0262572222 9780262572224
OCLC Number: 57170246
Description: xv, 331 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 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.
Series Title: BCSIA studies in international security.
Responsibility: Alexander L. George and Andrew Bennett.

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