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ERIC Number: EJ1142173
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0049-1241
Selecting Cases for Intensive Analysis: A Diversity of Goals and Methods
Gerring, John; Cojocaru, Lee
Sociological Methods & Research, v45 n3 p392-423 Aug 2016
This study revisits the task of case selection in case study research, proposing a new typology of strategies that is explicit, disaggregated, and relatively comprehensive. A secondary goal is to explore the prospects for case selection by "algorithm," aka "ex ante," "automatic," "quantitative," "systematic," or "model-based" case selection. We lay out a suggested protocol and then discuss its viability. Our conclusion is that it is a valuable tool in certain circumstances, but should probably not determine the final choice of cases unless the chosen sample is medium-sized. Our third goal is to discuss the viability of "medium-n" samples for case study research, an approach closely linked to algorithmic case selection and occasionally practiced by case study researchers. We argue that medium-n samples occupy an unstable methodological position, lacking the advantages of efficiency promised by traditional, small-n case studies but also lacking the advantages of representativeness promised by large-n samples.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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