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 59: Case Study Methods: Case Selection and Case Analysis
Case Study Methods: Case Selection and Case Analysis
Case study methods are a group of approaches in political science and international relations that aim at testing and developing theory.1 The key characteristic of case study methods is their focus on one or few cases but with the ambition to understand and capture broader and more general underlying dynamics. This implies two core inter-related functions: the first is describing an observed phenomenon in all its depth and complexity; the second is attempting to generalize to a broader universe of cases. A research project using case study methods can rarely attempt to do both at the same time and to the same extent: the attempt to go deep usually has to compromise with trying to ...