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Paradigms and sand castles : theory building and research design in comparative politics

Author: Barbara Geddes
Publisher: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, ©2003.
Series: Analytical perspectives on politics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Paradigms and Sand Castles demonstrates the relationship between thoughtful research design and the collection of persuasive evidence in support of theory. It teaches the craft of research through interesting and carefully selected examples from the field of comparative development studies."--Publisher's website.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Geddes, Barbara.
Paradigms and sand castles.
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, ©2003
(OCoLC)606984695
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Geddes
ISBN: 0472098357 9780472098354 0472068350 9780472068357
OCLC Number: 51607439
Description: x, 314 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Research design and the accumulation of knowledge --
Big questions, little answers : how the questions you choose affect the answers you get --
How the cases you choose affect the answers you get : selection bias and related issues --
How the evidence you use affects the answers you get : rigorous use of the evidence contained in case studies --
How the approach you choose affects the answers you get : the uses and limitations of rational choice comparative politics.
Series Title: Analytical perspectives on politics.
Responsibility: Barbara Geddes.
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