In recent years there has been an explosion of research on qualitative methodology and methods in the social sciences at large, and in the field of Political Science in particular. This Major Work presents a comprehensively curated collection of key literature on this subject, organised into four thematic volumes:
Volume One includes papers on the ontological and epistemological foundations of qualitative research, before moving onto articles that compare qualitative with quantitative research, as well as statements that contrast the divergent strands within qualitative research.
Volume Two includes literature that exemplifies the tradition and techniques of cross-case comparisons.
Volume Three is devoted to the spectrum of approaches that focuses on within-case analysis in order to provide evidence for causal claims. The selected works shed light on the corresponding major concepts: causal mechanisms, congruence and process tracing.
Volume Four captures the spectrum of qualitative methods that highlights the importance of context and social constructions (meanings) and is most often summed up as interpretivism: ethnographic and practice approaches as well as discourse, frame and narrative analysis.
Key Topics Covered:
VOLUME ONE: BACKGROUNDS, PATHWAYS AND DIRECTIONS IN QUALITATIVE METHODOLOGY
Part One: The Revolt in the US: Alternatives to the Statistical Template
Part Two: Building on and Defending European Traditions: From Verstehen to Practice and Interpretation
Part Three: Differentiating Methodological Approaches
Part Four: Concept Building as the Analytic Path for Connecting Description and Meaning
Part Five: The Call for Transparency: Rigor and/or Reflexivity in Data Collection/Creation
VOLUME TWO: CAUSAL REGULARITIES, CROSS CASE COMPARISONS, CONFIGURATIONS
Part One: Classical Statements on Case Comparisons
Part Two: Refinements of Case Comparisons
Part Three: Case Selection
Part Four: Configurational Approaches
Part Five: Correlations versus Configurations
VOLUME THREE: MECHANISMS, TEMPORALITY AND WITHIN-CASE ANALYSIS
Part One: Mechanisms
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