Multi-Method Comparative-Historical Analysis: Trends and Possible Trajectories

32 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2013

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Evan S. Lieberman

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Political Science

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

In this paper, I consider the possibilities (and pitfalls) of integrating high quality comparative-historical analysis (CHA) with other empirical strategies such that the combination may yield more than the sum of the parts. I focus on nested analysis as the best-established mixed-method approach, which typically combines CHA with cross-country statistical analyses. But I also highlight how other types of combinations, including the use of matching and experimental methods, might be both promising and viable for answering questions typically left open by nested analyses. (This paper is being prepared for a volume on Comparative Historical Analysis in the Social Sciences, edited by James Mahoney and Kathleen Thelen.)

Keywords: comparative historical analysis, research methods, nested analysis, qualitative and multi-method research

Suggested Citation

Lieberman, Evan S., Multi-Method Comparative-Historical Analysis: Trends and Possible Trajectories (2013). APSA 2013 Annual Meeting Paper; American Political Science Association 2013 Annual Meeting. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2303360

Evan S. Lieberman (Contact Author)

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