Rethinking Social Inquiry: Diverse Tools, Shared Standards

Henry E. Brady and David Collier, eds., Rethinking Social Inquiry. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010

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Henry E. Brady

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Political Science

David Collier

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Political Science

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

With innovative new chapters on process tracing, regression analysis, and natural experiments, the second edition of Rethinking Social Inquiry further extends the reach of this path-breaking book. The original debate with King, Keohane, and Verba remains central to the volume, and the new material illuminates evolving discussions of essential methodological tools. Thus, process tracing is often invoked as fundamental to qualitative analysis, but is rarely applied with precision. Pitfalls of regression analysis are sometimes noted, but often are inadequately examined. And the complex assumptions and trade-offs of natural experiments are poorly understood. The second edition extends the methodological horizon through exploring these critical tools. A distinctive feature of this edition is the online placement of four chapters from the prior edition, all focused on the dialogue with King, Keohane, and Verba. Also posted online are exercises for teaching process tracing and understanding process tracing.

Keywords: methodology, qualitative-quantitative debate, causal process observations, process tracing, natural experiments

Suggested Citation

Brady, Henry E. and Collier, David, Rethinking Social Inquiry: Diverse Tools, Shared Standards (2010). Henry E. Brady and David Collier, eds., Rethinking Social Inquiry. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3056491

Henry E. Brady

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Political Science ( email )

310 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

David Collier (Contact Author)

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Political Science ( email )

210 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

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