The Case of Case Studies: On the Methodological Discussion in Comparative Political Science

The Case of Case Studies: On the Methodological Discussion in Comparative Political Science A look at comparative political science shows that many contributions to the field do compare, but do not reflect the methods used. This paper discusses the analytical differences between the comparative method, the statistical method and experiment. An overview of the methodological discussion shows that a case study and namely the analysis of deviant cases has its place in comparative analysis. The last part of this paper consequently deals with different forms of case study analysis and the underlying research interest. The discussion emphasizes that in-depth analyses of a limited number of cases is the core of comparative political science with a good ratio between methodological input and analytical results. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quality & Quantity Springer Journals

The Case of Case Studies: On the Methodological Discussion in Comparative Political Science

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 1998 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Subject
Social Sciences; Methodology of the Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general
ISSN
0033-5177
eISSN
1573-7845
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1004337330700
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Abstract

A look at comparative political science shows that many contributions to the field do compare, but do not reflect the methods used. This paper discusses the analytical differences between the comparative method, the statistical method and experiment. An overview of the methodological discussion shows that a case study and namely the analysis of deviant cases has its place in comparative analysis. The last part of this paper consequently deals with different forms of case study analysis and the underlying research interest. The discussion emphasizes that in-depth analyses of a limited number of cases is the core of comparative political science with a good ratio between methodological input and analytical results.

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Quality & QuantitySpringer Journals

Published: Oct 6, 2004

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