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|Title:||New Methods for Comparative Research?|
|Author(s):||Claude Rubinson, Charles C. Ragin|
|Volume:||24 Editor(s): Lars Mjøset, Tommy H. Clausen ISBN: 978-0-7623-1313-6 eISBN: 978-1-84950-414-0|
|Citation:||Claude Rubinson, Charles C. Ragin (2007), New Methods for Comparative Research?, in Lars Mjøset, Tommy H. Clausen (ed.) Capitalisms Compared (Comparative Social Research, Volume 24), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.373-389|
|DOI:||10.1016/S0195-6310(06)24013-4 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Article type:||Chapter Item|
One of the central themes of Shalev's critique of multiple regression is its incongruence with case-oriented analysis. Case-oriented approaches might be preferred for several reasons, in addition to the simple fact that comparativists tend to study small Ns. For example, case-oriented methods are better suited for the types of questions that comparative researchers typically ask. Unlike multiple regression, case-oriented techniques such as QCA and fuzzy-set analysis are specifically designed to address questions about necessary or sufficient conditions that often motivate comparative research. Furthermore, case-oriented techniques can be used to address causal complexity. Finally, case-oriented methods such as QCA, fuzzy-set analysis, and those recommended by Shalev are more closely aligned with the epistemological orientations held by many comparative researchers. This orientation identifies the case – rather than the variable – as the fundamental unit of interest to social researchers.
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