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Multimethod Research, Causal Mechanisms, and Case Studies
An Integrated Approach
An innovative and accessible textbook on multimethod and case-study research Multimethod research has become indispensable to doing social science, and is essential to anyone who conducts large-scale research projects in political science, sociology, education, comparative law, or business. This authoritative and accessible book offers the first truly comprehensive approach to multimethod and case-study research, and is particularly aimed at students of qualitative methods in the social sciences. Walking step-by-step through these cutting-edge tools and techniques, Gary Goertz introduces a new integrated approach that unites three corners of a powerful research triad--causal mechanisms, cross-case causal inference, and within-case causal inference. He explains how the investigation of causal mechanisms and the making of within-case causal inference are the central goals of multimethod and case study research, and provides a logic for connecting case studies and causal mechanism analysis with cross-case analysis, whether they are statistical analyses, experiments, or QCA.
In addition, Goertz analyzes how one can generalize using case studies, as well as systematically test game-theoretic and other models using multiple case studies. * Provides a fully integrated approach to multimethod and case-study research* An essential resource for students and researchers in political science, sociology, education, law, and business* Covers constraint causal mechanism, game theory and case studies, QCA, and the use of case studies to systematically test and generalize theories* An ideal textbook for a first-year graduate course in methods or research design
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"Comprehensive and excellent. . . . Multimethod Research, Causal Mechanisms, and Case Studies reinforces the value of context, temporality and sequence for building cogent theoretical arguments. For this reason, the book is a must-read for methodologically engaged scholars."---Jennifer Cyr, European Political Science "Goertz provides a clear, convincing, and fruitful framework for doing multimethod research--and his writing style is refreshingly accessible. This is a significant contribution."--Carsten Q. Schneider, Central European University "The singular contributions of Goertz's book are its new ideas about multimethod, qualitative, and case-study research, its synthesis of a large literature on the topic, and--most important--the concrete guidance it provides for the perplexed. This is clearly a major work."--Stephan Haggard, School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego "By putting case studies and causal mechanisms at the heart of multimethod research, Gary Goertz's new book has made a profoundly important contribution. Here, finally, is a methodological work that shows why qualitative analysis often must be in the driver's seat when one is conducting integrative research."--James Mahoney, Northwestern University