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ERIC Number: EJ954973
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1098-2140
Dealing with Complex Causality in Realist Synthesis: The Promise of Qualitative Comparative Analysis
Sager, Fritz; Andereggen, Celine
American Journal of Evaluation, v33 n1 p60-78 Mar 2012
In this article, the authors state two arguments: first, that the four categories of context, politics, polity, and policy make an adequate framework for systematic review being both exhaustive and parsimonious; second, that the method of qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) is an appropriate methodical approach for gaining realistic results that are useful for political practice. Instead of providing unsatisfactory monocausal explanations, the approach identifies different combinations of conditions leading to a given outcome. The authors illustrate their points with a two-step multi-value QCA (mvQCA) of 17 transport policy cases in Switzerland. (Contains 2 figures, 3 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Switzerland