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Methods for Quantitative Macro-Comparative Research


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PART I: MACRO-COMPARATIVE DATA STRUCTURES 1. The Logic of Macro-Comparative Research 2. The International Data Infrastructure 3. Variable Operationalization 4. The Structure of Country Data PART II: STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF MACRO-COMPARATIVE DATA 5. Statistical Modeling with Cross-Sectional Designs 6. Structured and Longitudinal Designs for Establishing Causality 7. Repeated Measures and Multilevel Modeling 8. An Interpretive Research and Policy Framework Conclusion: The Political Economy of Quantitative Macro-Comparative Research

About the Author

Salvatore J. Babones is a senior lecturer in sociology and social policy at the University of Sydney and an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). Previously, he was an assistant professor of sociology, public health, and public and international affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. He holds both a PhD in sociology and an MSE in mathematical sciences from the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Babones is the author or editor of eight books and more than thirty academic papers. He is the editor of Applied Statistical Modeling and Fundamentals of Regression Modeling, both published by SAGE as part of the Benchmarks in Social Research Methods reference series. His academic research focuses on globalization, economic development, and statistical methods for comparative social science research.


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"This should be required reading for World Bank, OECD and U.N. researchers and data collectors as well as applied and academic sociologists, economists, political scientists and others who conduct cross country comparisons using publicly available large datasets.

-Ernesto Castaneda, University of Texas at El Paso

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"I suspect this book will greatly enhance the teaching and practice of rigorous macro-level comparative analysis. It is a welcome addition to the teaching and training of future comparativists...I like very much the author's courage in directly assessing and sometimes challenging the existing literature...This book must be taken seriously by all students of comparative politics. One can learn a great deal from it-it is a "big picture" book, covering well and widely the current state of research and analysis utilizing macro-approaches to the study of comparative politics."

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