The SAGE Handbook of Research Methods in Political Science and International Relations offers a comprehensive overview of research processes in social science - from the ideation and design of research projects, through the construction of theoretical arguments, to conceptualization, measurement, and data collection, and quantitative and qualitative empirical analysis - exposited through 65 major new contributions from leading international methodologists. Each chapter surveys, builds upon, and extends the modern state of the art in its area. Following through its six-part organization, undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and practicing academics will be guided through the design, methods, and analysis of issues in Political Science and International Relations: Part One: Formulating Good Research Questions and Designing Good Research Projects; Part Two: Methods of Theoretical Argumentation; Part Three: Conceptualization and Measurement; Part Four: Large-Scale Data Collection and Representation Methods; Part Five: Quantitative-Empirical Methods; Part Six: Qualitative and Mixed Methods.
Chapter 58: Mixed-Methods Designs
Mixed-methods (MM) research designs are those that combine more than one methodological approach within the same study. MM designs are also commonly called multimethod (Seawright, 2016), hybrid (Palinkas et al., 2015; Schoonenboom and Johnson, 2017), or simply mixed designs (Johnson et al., 2007: 118). MM research has exploded in popularity and prestige since the mid-1990s. This explosion was driven in part by methodological debates in the social and behavioral sciences. Initially, these debates focused on the relative merit of different methodological traditions (e.g., quantitative versus qualitative), but a productive debate eventually emerged about the complementary and synergistic strengths of different traditions, and therefore on the value of leveraging different approaches in MM designs. Thus, the appeal of MM to ...