Paves the way for an innovative approach to empirical scientific work through a strategy that integrates key strengths of both qualitative (case-oriented) and quantitative (variable-oriented) approaches. This first-of-its-kind text is ideally suited for “small-N” or “intermediate-N” research situations, which both mainstream qualitative and quantitative methods find difficult to address.

Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) as an Approach

DirkBerg-SchlosserGisèle DeMeurBenoîtRihouxCharles C.Ragin

Goals of This Chapter

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Locate QCA as an approach and grasp its key epistemological foundations
  • Understand how and why QCA is “case oriented” and how one should use QCA to engage in a dialogue between cases and theories
  • Understand the specific conception of causality conveyed in QCA—multiple conjunctural causation— and its ...
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