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Methodological Magpie? by Michael Saward, University of Warwick 0

Methodological Magpie? by Michael Saward, University of Warwick

Political theorists clearly use methods and deploy methodologies (how could they not?).  But – to generalise, though I think fairly – many theorists are not explicit about how they ‘do theory’.  For example, in...

Why the logic of selecting least-likely cases to make stronger generalizations makes little sense in case study research, by Derek Beach, University of Aarrhus 0

Why the logic of selecting least-likely cases to make stronger generalizations makes little sense in case study research, by Derek Beach, University of Aarrhus

Scholars justifying selection of cases often utilize a ‘least-likely’ case selection strategy. As commonly used, a least-likely case is one that, ‘on all dimensions except the dimension of theoretical interest, is predicted not to...

Are there qualitative and quantitative cultures in social science? by Martyn Hammersley, Open University 0

Are there qualitative and quantitative cultures in social science? by Martyn Hammersley, Open University

A whole range of terms have been used to make sense of the bewildering variety of methodological orientations, practices and assumptions to be found among social scientists today.