Innovative Comparative Methods for Policy Analysis

Beyond the Quantitative-Qualitative Divide

Editors: Rihoux, Benoit, Grimm, Heike (Eds.)

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Innovative Comparative Methods for Policy Analysis aims to provide a decisive push to the further development and application of innovative and specific comparative methods for the improvement of policy analysis. To take on this challenge, this volume brings together methodologists and specialists from a broad range of social scientific disciplines and policy fields.

The work further develops methods for systematic comparative cases analysis in a small-N research design, with a key emphasis laid on policy-oriented applications. Innovative Comparative Methods for Policy Analysis is clearly both a social scientific and policy-driven endeavor; on the one hand, the book engages in an effort to further improve social scientific methods, but on the other hand this effort also intends to provide useful, applied tools for policy analysts and the ‘policy community’ alike. Though quite a variety of methods and techniques are touched upon in this volume, its focus is mainly laid on two recently developed research methods/techniques which enable researchers to systematically compare a limited number of cases; Qualitative Comparative Analysis(QCA) and Fuzzy-Sets (FS).

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-9

    Rihoux, Benoît (et al.)

  • The Limitations of Net-Effects Thinking

    Pages 13-41

    Ragin, Charles C.

  • A Question of Size?

    Pages 43-66

    Levi-Faur, David

  • MSDO/MDSO Revisited for Public Policy Analysis

    Pages 67-94

    Meur, Gisèle (et al.)

  • Beyond Methodological Tenets

    Pages 95-120

    Yamasaki, Sakura (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Innovative Comparative Methods for Policy Analysis
Book Subtitle
Beyond the Quantitative-Qualitative Divide
Editors
  • Benoit Rihoux
  • Heike Grimm
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-28829-1
DOI
10.1007/0-387-28829-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-28828-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-3956-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 344
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