Integrating qualitative and quantitative data: index creation using fuzzy-set QCA

Integrating qualitative and quantitative data: index creation using fuzzy-set QCA This paper demonstrates the use of fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA) for index creation. It uses the example of economic, including development, policy towards Latin America in Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom as an example of how fsQCA can be deployed in order to integrate qualitative and numerical evidence into a coherent, comparable framework. Moreover, it shows the usefulness of an index based on fsQCA in the comparison of cases that have strong national idiosyncrasies, making them difficult to compare. FsQCA therefore increases the researcher’s ability to combine different types of data from various backgrounds, making it a useful indexing tool for small to medium-N research in the social sciences. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quality & Quantity Springer Journals

Integrating qualitative and quantitative data: index creation using fuzzy-set QCA

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 by Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Subject
Social Sciences, general; Methodology of the Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general
ISSN
0033-5177
eISSN
1573-7845
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11135-012-9738-8
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Abstract

This paper demonstrates the use of fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA) for index creation. It uses the example of economic, including development, policy towards Latin America in Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom as an example of how fsQCA can be deployed in order to integrate qualitative and numerical evidence into a coherent, comparable framework. Moreover, it shows the usefulness of an index based on fsQCA in the comparison of cases that have strong national idiosyncrasies, making them difficult to compare. FsQCA therefore increases the researcher’s ability to combine different types of data from various backgrounds, making it a useful indexing tool for small to medium-N research in the social sciences.

Journal

Quality & QuantitySpringer Journals

Published: Jun 28, 2012

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