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Outdated Views of Qualitative Methods: Time to Move On


David Collier


University of California, Berkeley - Department of Political Science

Henry E. Brady


University of California, Berkeley - Department of Political Science

Jason Seawright


Northwestern University - Department of Political Science

September 1, 2010

Political Analysis, Vol. 18, pp. 506-512, September 2010

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Both qualitative and quantitative research routinely fall short, producing misleading causal inferences. Because these weaknesses are in part different, we are convinced that multi-method strategies are productive. Each approach can provide additional leverage that helps address shortcomings of the other. This position is quite distinct from that of Beck, who believes that the two types of analysis cannot be adjoined. We review examples of adjoining that Beck dismisses, based on what we see as his outdated view of qualitative methods. By contrast, we show that these examples demonstrate how qualitative and quantitative analysis can work together.

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Date posted: January 7, 2011 ; Last revised: June 13, 2011

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Collier, David and Brady, Henry E. and Seawright, Jason, Outdated Views of Qualitative Methods: Time to Move On (September 1, 2010). Political Analysis, Vol. 18, pp. 506-512, September 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1735527

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David Collier (Contact Author)
University of California, Berkeley - Department of Political Science ( email )
210 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States
Henry E. Brady
University of California, Berkeley - Department of Political Science ( email )
310 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States
Jason Seawright
Northwestern University - Department of Political Science ( email )
Scott Hall
Evanston, IL 60208
United States
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