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INTRODUCTION - Benoit Rihoux and Charles Ragin 1. Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) as an Approach - Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Gisele De Meur, Benoit Rihoux & Charles Ragin 2. Comparative Research Design: Case and Variable Selection - Dirk Berg-Schlosser & Gisele De Meur 3. Crisp-Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (CSQCA) - Benoit Rihoux & Gisele De Meur 4. Multi-Value QCA (MVQCA) - Lasse Cronqvist & Dirk Berg-Schlosser 5. Qualitative Comparative Analysis Using Fuzzy Sets (FSQCA) - Charles C. Ragin 6. A Commented Review of Applications - Sakura Yamasaki & Benoit Rihoux 7. Addressing the Critiques of QCA - Gisele De Meur, Benoit Rihoux & Sakura Yamasaki 8. Conclusions - The Way(s) Ahead - Benoit Rihoux, Charles Ragin and Sakura Yamasaki FURTHER RESOURCES FOR CONFIGURATIONAL COMPARATIVE METHODS - Damien Bol and Sakura Yamasaki GLOSSARY - Sakura Yamasaki, Benoit Rihoux, Gisele De Meur and Charles C. Ragin THEMATIC AND AUTHOR INDEX ABOUT THE AUTHORS A Commented Review of Applications - Sakura Yamasaki, Benoit Rihoux Addressing the Critiques of QCA - Gisele De Meur, Benoit Rihoux, Sakura Yamasaki Comparative Research Design: Case and Variable Selection - Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Gisele De Meur Conclusions - The Way(s) Ahead - Benoit Rihoux, Charles Ragin, Sakura Yamasaki, Damien Bol Crisp-Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis - Benoit Rihoux, Gisele De Meur Multi-Value QCA (mvQCA) - Lasse Cronqvist, Dirk Berg-Schlosser Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) as an Approach - Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Gisele De Meur, Benoit Rihoux, Charles Ragin
The primary goal of Charles Ragin, social scientist and innovative methodologist, is to develop methods that help students and researchers unravel causal complexity in their research. This has led to his developing and championing the use of set-theoretic methods in the social sciences, most notably, his Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and fuzzy set analysis. In a recent review article in Contemporary Sociology entitled "The Ragin Revolution" (Vaisey review), sociologist Stephen Vaisey describes Ragin's work as a "principled alternative" to quantitative analysis (which assumes away casual complexity) and qualitative case-based methods (which lack tools for generalizing across cases.) Many who have adopted Ragin's methods believe that these techniques combine the strength of both quantitative and qualitative methods, while transcending their limits.
"This is a readable and useful book . . . an extended essay on one particular method, which is easy to understand, easy to apply, and generally useful. The method itself is implemented in a computer technique. . . . This method will systematize the analysis and produce an elegant statement of the combination of conditions which lead to a divided working class--provided there are no contradictions in the data. Where there are contradictions, Ragin's method will identify these combinations of conditions that lead to an ambiguous result."--William Miller, "Study of Public Policy