Rethinking Social Inquiry

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2010-08-31
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
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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_now updated_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.

Author Biography

Henry E. Brady is Dean of Public Policy and Monroe Deutsch Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently President of the American Political Science Association. David Collier is Robson Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tablesp. xi
Preface to the Second Editionp. xiii
Preface to the First Editionp. xv
Introduction to the Second Edition: A Sea Change in Political Methodologyp. 1
A Debate on Methodologyp. 11
Framing the Debatep. 13
Refocusing the Discussion of Methodologyp. 15
The Quest for Standards: King, Keohane, and Verba's Designing Social Inquiryp. 33
Critiques of the Quantitative Templatep. 65
Doing Good and Doing Better: How Far Does the Quantitative Template Get Us?p. 67
Some Unfulfilled Promises of Quantitative Imperialismp. 83
How Inference in the Social (but Not the Physical) Sciences Neglects Theoretical Anomalyp. 89
Linking the Quantitative and Qualitative Traditionsp. 99
Bridging the Quantitative-Qualitative Dividep. 101
The Importance of Research Designp. 111
Diverse Tools, Shared Standardsp. 123
Critiques, Responses, and Trade-Offs: Drawing Together the Debatep. 135
Sources of Leverage in Causal Inference: Toward an Alternative View of Methodologyp. 161
Causal Inference: Old Dilemmas, New Toolsp. 201
Introduction to Part II
Qualitative Tools for Causal Inferencep. 205
Process Tracing and Causal Inferencep. 207
On Types of Scientific Inquiry: The Role of Qualitative Reasoningp. 221
Data-Set Observations versus Causal-Process Observations: The 2000 U.S. Presidential Electionp. 237
Addendum: Teaching Process Tracingp. 243
Quantitative Tools for Causal Inferencep. 245
Regression-Based Inference: A Case Study in Failed Causal Assessmentp. 247
Design-Based Inference: Beyond the Pitfalls of Regression Analysis?p. 273
Glossaryp. 313
Bibliographyp. 361
Acknowledgment of Permission to Reprint Copyrighted Materialp. 387
Subject Indexp. 389
Name Indexp. 397
About the Contributorsp. 405
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