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Process tracing : from metaphor to analytic tool / ed. Andrew Bennett, Jeffrey T. Checkel

Secondary Author Bennett, Andrew
Checkel, Jeffrey T., 1959-
Country Reino Unido. Edition 1st ed., , 5th printing Publication Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, cop. 2015 Description XIII, 329 p. ; 25 cm Series Strategies for social inquiry ISBN 978-1-107-68637-3 CDU 321.01 303.023
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Advances in qualitative methods and recent developments in the philosophy of science have led to an emphasis on explanation via reference to causal mechanisms. This book argues that the method known as process tracing is particularly well suited to developing and assessing theories about such mechanisms. The editors begin by establishing a philosophical basis for process tracing - one that captures mainstream uses while simultaneously being open to applications by interpretive scholars. Equally important, they go on to establish best practices for individual process-tracing accounts - how micro to go, when to start (and stop), and how to deal with the problem of equifinality. The contributors then explore the application of process tracing across a range of subfields and theories in political science. This is an applied methods book which seeks to shrink the gap between the broad assertion that 'process tracing is good' and the precise claim 'this is an instance of good process tracing'.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface
  • Part I Introduction
  • 1 Process tracing: from philosophical roots to best practices
  • Part II Process Tracing in Action
  • 2 Process tracing the effects of ideas
  • 3 Mechanisms, process, and the study of international institutions
  • 4 Efficient process tracing: analyzing the causal mechanisms of European integration
  • 5 What makes process tracing good? Causal mechanisms, causal inference, and the completeness standard in comparative politics
  • 6 Explaining the Cold War's end: process tracing all the way down?
  • 7 Process tracing, causal inference, and civil war
  • Part III Extensions, Controversies, and Conclusions
  • 8 Improving process tracing: the case of multi-method research
  • 9 Practice tracing
  • 10 Beyond metaphors: standards, theory, and the 'where next' for process tracing
  • Appendix: Disciplining our conjectures: systematizing process tracing with Bayesian analysis

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