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Finding Pathways: Mixed-Method Research for Studying Causal Mechanisms - Strategies for Social Inquiry (Paperback)
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Finding Pathways: Mixed-Method Research for Studying Causal Mechanisms - Strategies for Social Inquiry (Paperback)

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Paperback 171 Pages / Published: 03/07/2014
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Social scientists have identified a need to move beyond the analysis of correlation among variables to the study of causal mechanisms that link them. Nicholas Weller and Jeb Barnes propose that a solution lies in 'pathway analysis', the use of case studies to explore the causal links between related variables. This book focuses on how the small-N component of multi-method research can meaningfully contribute and add value to the study of causal mechanisms. The authors present both an extended rationale for the unique role that case studies can play in causal mechanism research, and a detailed view of the types of knowledge that case studies should try to generate and how to leverage existing large-N data to guide the case selection process. The authors explain how to use their approach both to select cases and to provide context on previously studied cases.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107684768
Number of pages: 171
Weight: 320 g
Dimensions: 247 x 174 x 10 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Finding Pathways makes an important contribution to the growing methodological literature on the identification of causal mechanisms. Weller and Barnes provide researchers with a powerful set of tools to investigate causal processes by showing how the logic of causal mediation analysis can bridge quantitative and qualitative research.' Kosuke Imai, Princeton University, New Jersey
'This is an enlightening, concise, and deeply pragmatic guide for social scientists who are investigating the unobserved mechanisms that connect causes to outcomes. Essential for both graduate students and senior scholars who use multi-method approaches.' Michael L. Ross, University of California, Los Angeles

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