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ERIC Number: EJ1163960
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jan
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0049-1241
Achieving Methodological Alignment When Combining QCA and Process Tracing in Practice
Beach, Derek
Sociological Methods & Research, v47 n1 p64-99 Jan 2018
This article explores the practical challenges one faces when combining qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) and process tracing (PT) in a manner that is consistent with their underlying assumptions about the nature of causal relationships. While PT builds on a mechanism-based understanding of causation, QCA as a comparative method makes claims about counterfactual causal relationships. Given the need to ensure alignment between the ontological understandings of causation that underlie a method and methodological practice, the different ontological foundations result in methodological guidelines that contradict each other, forcing the analyst to choose whether to be more in alignment with one or the other method. This article explores the implications of contrasting guidelines in a practical case study, where a QCA for sufficiency is followed by two PT case studies of positive cases.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: European Union
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