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Political Methodology: Qualitative Methods

Charles C. Ragin, Dirk Berg‐Schlosser and Gisèle de Meur

in A New Handbook of Political Science

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294719
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599361 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198294719.003.0033
 Political Methodology: Qualitative Methods

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Reviews qualitative methodology: its strengths, application, and its potential weaknesses. A comprehensive range of qualitative techniques is reviewed, and three main issues are highlighted for their proper treatment: framing the area of investigation, the use of macro‐qualitative techniques, and epistemological issues of causality, induction, case selection, and level of explanation.

Keywords: epistemology; framing; political science; qualitative methods

Chapter.  7971 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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