A Sea Change in Political Methodology
Newsletter of the American Political Science Association, Vol. 9, No. 1, Spring 2011
20 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2011
Date Written: 2010
The past decade has witnessed a sea change in political science methodology. Conventional quantitative methods are now the focus of even sharper criticism. The tools of qualitative analysis are being further refined and legitimated in ways that addresses some of these failings. Qualitative tools certainly have their own problems and limitations, but real progress is being made. Natural experiments, notwithstanding their limitations, likewise show promise, and in the spirit of multi-method work they are far more valuable when basic choices about design and analysis are built on deep qualitative knowledge of cases and context. Correspondingly, an eclectic practice of methodology is the most promising avenue to pursue.
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