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Rethinking Social Inquiry : Diverse Tools, Shared Standards : 2nd Revised Edition - Henry E. Brady

Rethinking Social Inquiry

Diverse Tools, Shared Standards : 2nd Revised Edition

By: Henry E. Brady (Editor), David Collier (Editor)

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Published: 4th September 2010
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"The new edition of Rethinking Social Inquiry is, quite simply, the best treatise yet on the intersection of qualitative and quantitative methods. The book places causal-process tracing on a new foundation and provides a framework for skeptically evaluating natural experiments. The discussions are conceptually, statistically, and historically rigorous; the examples will have broad appeal."---Daniel Carpenter, Harvard University

"The first edition of Rethinking Social Inquiry was a game-changing contribution that decisively moved the methodological discussion into a post-KKV era. This second edition is the new cutting edge. It retains the key insights from the previous version while advancing major new methodological tools, both qualitative and quantitative. No social scientist can afford to be without this book."---James Mahoney, Northwestern University

"The revised and reorganized edition of this foundational book expertly draws out the complementarities of quantitative and qualitative methods, including an updated debate with King, Keohane, and Verba. New chapters and online exercises yield novel insights into the rigorous use of process tracing and greatly enhance the book's utility and value."---Diana Kapiszewski, University of California, Irvine

"Rethinking Social Inquiry is a breakthrough book. It powerfully makes the case for social inquiry as a rigorous quest for valid causal inference that must fully exploit insights and strengths of both statistical and case-based methods. Brady and Collier and their fellow contributors show the pitfalls of mechanically applying dogmas from `quantitative' or `qualitative' extremes. Shared standards are possible, and researchers using diverse research designs can work together to build illuminating, empirically grounded theories. All political scientists---indeed all social scientists---should read and reflect on this compelling set of arguments."---Theda Skocpol, Harvard University

"King, Keohane, and Verba's Designing Social Inquiry aimed at incorporating qualitative research methods into the conceptual framework of quantitative methodology. But was the attempt successful? What is the relationship between qualitative and quantitative methods? In this volume, Brady, Collier, and other prominent social scientists address these questions in powerful essays. Everyone interested in research methods, and certainly everyone teaching the subject, will want to read this book."---Christopher H. Achen, Princeton University

Praise for the Second Edition: The new edition of Rethinking Social Inquiry is, quite simply, the best treatise yet on the intersection of qualitative and quantitative methods. The book places causal-process tracing on a new foundation and provides a framework for skeptically evaluating natural experiments. The discussions are conceptually, statistically, and historically rigorous; the examples will have broad appeal. -- Daniel Carpenter Harvard University I love this book and its pragmatic, ecumenical message. In an era where deep, if artificial, methodological divisions unnecessarily hamstring social research, this book is especially timely. Written by some of the most skilled and innovative methodologists in political science, the individual essays are consistently excellent. But it is the larger message about the need for methodological breadth and variety that will make the book such a valuable teaching tool. -- Douglas McAdam, director, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University Praise for the First Edition: Rethinking Social Inquiry is a breakthrough book. It powerfully makes the case for social inquiry as a rigorous quest for valid causal inference that must exploit to the full the insights and strengths of both statistical and case-based methods. Brady and Collier and their fellow contributors show the pitfalls of mechanically applying dogmas from 'quantitative' or 'qualitative' extremes. Shared standards are possible; and researchers using diverse research designs can work together to build illuminating, empirically grounded theories. All political scientists-indeed all social scientists-should read and reflect on this compelling set of arguments. -- Theda Skocpol, Harvard University Praise for the First Edition: King, Keohane, and Verba's Designing Social Inquiry aimed at incorporating qualitative research methods into the conceptual framework of quantitative methodology. But was the attempt successful? What is the relationship between qualitative and quantitative methods? In this volume, Brady, Collier, and several other prominent social scientists address these questions in powerful essays. Everyone interested in research methods, and certainly everyone teaching the subject, will want to read this book. -- Christopher H. Achen, Princeton University Praise for the First Edition: [This] book serves a threefold purpose: it gives an excellent brief overview of the fundamentals of quantitative research, including a critique; it describes in detail tools for qualitative research; it gives a perspective o how to use both to maximize research results. Forum: Qualitative Social Research The authors display a sophisticated understanding of the diverse strengths and pitfalls of quantitative and qualitative methods of inference within the context of a common commitment to the idea that political science is a scientific enterprise. The essays in this collection ought to be on the reading list of the introductory methods course that all graduate programs offer. -- Michael Wallerstein, Yale University The first edition of Rethinking Social Inquiry was a game changing contribution that decisively moved the methodological discussion into a post-KKV era. This second edition is the new cutting edge. It retains the key insights from the previous version while advancing major new methodological tools, both qualitative and quantitative. No social scientist can afford to be without this book. -- James Mahoney, Northwestern University The revised and reorganized edition of this foundational book expertly draws out the complementarities of quantitative and qualitative methods, including an updated debate with King, Keohane, and Verba. New chapters and online exercises yield novel insights into the rigorous use of process tracing and greatly enhance the book's utility and value. -- Diana Kapiszewski, University of California, Irvine

List of Figures and Tablesp. xi
Preface to the Second Editionp. xiii
Preface to the First Editionp. xv
Introduction to the Second Edition: A Sea Change in Political Methodologyp. 1
A Debate on Methodologyp. 11
Framing the Debatep. 13
Refocusing the Discussion of Methodologyp. 15
The Quest for Standards: King, Keohane, and Verba's Designing Social Inquiryp. 33
Critiques of the Quantitative Templatep. 65
Doing Good and Doing Better: How Far Does the Quantitative Template Get Us?p. 67
Some Unfulfilled Promises of Quantitative Imperialismp. 83
How Inference in the Social (but Not the Physical) Sciences Neglects Theoretical Anomalyp. 89
Linking the Quantitative and Qualitative Traditionsp. 99
Bridging the Quantitative-Qualitative Dividep. 101
The Importance of Research Designp. 111
Diverse Tools, Shared Standardsp. 123
Critiques, Responses, and Trade-Offs: Drawing Together the Debatep. 135
Sources of Leverage in Causal Inference: Toward an Alternative View of Methodologyp. 161
Causal Inference: Old Dilemmas, New Toolsp. 201
Introduction to Part II
Qualitative Tools for Causal Inferencep. 205
Process Tracing and Causal Inferencep. 207
On Types of Scientific Inquiry: The Role of Qualitative Reasoningp. 221
Data-Set Observations versus Causal-Process Observations: The 2000 U.S. Presidential Electionp. 237
Addendum: Teaching Process Tracingp. 243
Quantitative Tools for Causal Inferencep. 245
Regression-Based Inference: A Case Study in Failed Causal Assessmentp. 247
Design-Based Inference: Beyond the Pitfalls of Regression Analysis?p. 273
Glossaryp. 313
Bibliographyp. 361
Acknowledgment of Permission to Reprint Copyrighted Materialp. 387
Subject Indexp. 389
Name Indexp. 397
About the Contributorsp. 405
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ISBN: 9781442203440
ISBN-10: 1442203447
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 428
Published: 4th September 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.6  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.676
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised