Outdated Views of Qualitative Methods: Time to Move On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
Date Written: September 1, 2010
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 We review examples of adjoining that Beck dismisses, based on what we see as his outdated view of qualitative methods.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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