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Configurational Comparative Methods

To quote the ASRM series editors, 'This book has no peer in the field - it is unique in topic, orientation, and style... it is a natural fit for the ASRM series as it provides details on a specific approach to research; is relevant to a broad range of disciplines; can be used in teaching and practitioners; and is focused on an integrated approach to qualitative and quantitative research that is sorely missing in the field.'Ragin et al. are the leaders in this growing field of rigorous, comparative techniques. Ragin has published substantially (with other publishers!) in the area of QCA and fuzzy sets, but this would be the first text to detail MVQCA. This volume will complement our efforts to publish more on integrating qualitative and quantitative methods, as well as boost our holdings related to case-oriented and historical methods.
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INTRODUCTION - Benoit Rihoux and Charles Ragin1. Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) as an Approach - Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Gisele De Meur, Benoit Rihoux & Charles Ragin2. Comparative Research Design: Case and Variable Selection - Dirk Berg-Schlosser & Gisele De Meur3. Crisp-Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (CSQCA) - Benoit Rihoux & Gisele De Meur4. Multi-Value QCA (MVQCA) - Lasse Cronqvist & Dirk Berg-Schlosser5. Qualitative Comparative Analysis Using Fuzzy Sets (FSQCA) - Charles C. Ragin6. A Commented Review of Applications - Sakura Yamasaki & Benoit Rihoux7. Addressing the Critiques of QCA - Gisele De Meur, Benoit Rihoux & Sakura Yamasaki8. Conclusions - The Way(s) Ahead - Benoit Rihoux, Charles Ragin and Sakura YamasakiFURTHER RESOURCES FOR CONFIGURATIONAL COMPARATIVE METHODS - Damien Bol and Sakura YamasakiGLOSSARY - Sakura Yamasaki, Benoit Rihoux, Gisele De Meur and Charles C. RaginTHEMATIC AND AUTHOR INDEXABOUT THE AUTHORSA Commented Review of Applications - Sakura Yamasaki, Benoit RihouxAddressing the Critiques of QCA - Gisele De Meur, Benoit Rihoux, Sakura YamasakiComparative Research Design: Case and Variable Selection - Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Gisele De MeurConclusions - The Way(s) Ahead - Benoit Rihoux, Charles Ragin, Sakura Yamasaki, Damien BolCrisp-Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis - Benoit Rihoux, Gisele De MeurMulti-Value QCA (mvQCA) - Lasse Cronqvist, Dirk Berg-SchlosserQualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) as an Approach - Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Gisele De Meur, Benoit Rihoux, Charles Ragin

About the Author

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

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