Configurational Comparative Methods | Set-Theoretic Methods for the Social Sciences | Social Network Analysis | Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance | Designing Social Inquiry | Politics in Time | Rethinking Social Inquiry | Redesigning Social Inquiry | The Comparative Method
Ragin argues that fuzzy sets allow a far richer dialogue between ideas and evidence in social research than previously possible. They let quantitative researchers abandon "homogenizing assumptions" about cases and causes, they extend diversity-oriented research strategies, and they provide a powerful connection between theory and data analysis. Most important, fuzzy sets can be carefully tailored to fit evolving theoretical concepts, sharpening quantitative tools with in-depth knowledge gained through qualitative, case-oriented inquiry. This book will revolutionize research methods not only in sociology, political science, and anthropology but in any field of inquiry dealing with complex patterns of causation.
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