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Outdated Views of Qualitative Methods: Time to Move On

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

8 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2011 Last revised: 26 Mar 2016

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

Date Written: September 1, 2010

Abstract

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 We review examples of adjoining that Beck dismisses, based on what we see as his outdated view of qualitative methods.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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Collier, David and Brady, Henry E. and Seawright, Jason, Outdated Views of Qualitative Methods: Time to Move On (September 1, 2010).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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1735527

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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