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Finding pathways : mixed-method research for studying causal mechanisms

Author: Nicholas Weller; Jeb Barnes
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Series: Strategies for social inquiry.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Social scientists have identified a need to move beyond the analysis of correlation among variables to the study of causal mechanisms that link them. Nicholas Weller and Jeb Barnes propose that a solution lies in 'pathway analysis': the use of case studies to explore the causal links between related variables. This book focuses on how the small-N component of multi-method research can meaningfully contribute and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas Weller; Jeb Barnes
ISBN: 9781107041066 1107041066 9781107684768 1107684765
OCLC Number: 874732739
Description: ix, 162 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Pathway analysis and the elusive search for causal mechanisms --
Preparing for pathway analysis --
Case selection for pathway analysis --
Comparison of case selection approaches --
Regression-based case selection for pathway analysis of non-linear relationships --
Matching to select cases for pathway analysis --
Using large-N methods to gain perspective on prior case studies --
Pathway analysis and future studies of mechanisms.
Series Title: Strategies for social inquiry.
Responsibility: Nicholas Weller, Jeb Barnes.

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This book introduces 'pathway analysis', a method to combine large and small-N research techniques and to aid understanding of causal mechanisms.  Read more...

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