Multimethod Research, Causal Mechanisms, & Case Studies

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Author Goertz, Gary
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An innovative and accessible textbook on multimethod and case-study research

Multimethod research has become indispensable to doing social science, and is essential to anyone who conducts large-scale research projects in political science, sociology, education, comparative law, or business. This authoritative and accessible book offers the first truly comprehensive approach to multimethod and case-study research, and is particularly aimed at students of qualitative methods in the social sciences.

Walking step-by-step through these cutting-edge tools and techniques, Gary Goertz introduces a new integrated approach that unites three corners of a powerful research triad-causal mechanisms, cross-case causal inference, and within-case causal inference. He explains how the investigation of causal mechanisms and the making of within-case causal inference are the central goals of multimethod and case study research, and provides a logic for connecting case studies and causal mechanism analysis with cross-case analysis, whether they are statistical analyses, experiments, or QCA. In addition, Goertz analyzes how one can generalize using case studies, as well as systematically test game-theoretic and other models using multiple case studies.
Provides a fully integrated approach to multimethod and case-study researchAn essential resource for students and researchers in political science, sociology, education, law, and businessCovers constraint causal mechanism, game theory and case studies, QCA, and the use of case studies to systematically test and generalize theoriesAn ideal textbook for a first-year graduate course in methods or research design

Table of Contents
List of Tables vii

List of Figures ix

Acknowledgments xi

1 Introduction 1

2 Causal Mechanisms 29

3 The Basic Logic 58

4 Constraint Mechanisms and Necessary Conditions: Explaining Nonoccurrence 90

5 Interactive Causal Mechanisms 123

6 Multimethod Game Theory 165

7 Large-N Qualitative Testing: A New Methodology? 190

8 Case Studies, Scope, and Generalization 217

Appendix A

A Statistical Approach to Multimethod Research and Case Studies 245

References 271

Index 289