Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences
|Authors:||George, Alexander L. & Bennett, Andrew|
|Series:||Belfer Center Studies in International Security|
|ISBN:||9780262262897, Related ISBNs: 0262072572, 0262262894, 0262572222, 9780262072571, 9780262262897|
|Number of pages:||352|
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.
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