You are not currently logged in.
Access JSTOR through your library or other institution:
If You Use a Screen ReaderThis content is available through Read Online (Free) program, which relies on page scans. Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
The Role of Case Study Research in Political Science: Evidence for Causal Claims
Philosophy of Science
Vol. 79, No. 5 (December 2012), pp. 655-666
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/667869
Page Count: 12
You can always find the topics here!Topics: Causality, Empirical evidence, Causation, Observational research, Political research, Inference, Research methods, Case studies, Absentee voting
Were these topics helpful?See something inaccurate? Let us know!
Select the topics that are inaccurate.
Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Preview not available
Political science research, particularly in international relations and comparative politics, has increasingly become dominated by statistical and formal approaches. The promise of these approaches shifted the methodological emphasis away from case study research. In response, supporters of case study research argue that case studies provide evidence for causal claims that is not available through statistical and formal research methods, and many have advocated multimethod research. I propose a way of understanding the integration of multiple methodologies in which the causes sought in case studies are treated as singular causation and contingent on a theoretical framework.
Copyright 2012 by the Philosophy of Science Association. All rights reserved.