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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.
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 Tables
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction to the Second Edition: A Sea Change in Political Methodology
A Debate on Methodology
Framing the Debate
Refocusing the Discussion of Methodology
The Quest for Standards: King, Keohane, and Verba's Designing Social Inquiry
Critiques of the Quantitative Template
Doing Good and Doing Better: How Far Does the Quantitative Template Get Us?
Some Unfulfilled Promises of Quantitative Imperialism
How Inference in the Social (but Not the Physical) Sciences Neglects Theoretical Anomaly
Linking the Quantitative and Qualitative Traditions
Bridging the Quantitative-Qualitative Divide
The Importance of Research Design
Diverse Tools, Shared Standards
Critiques, Responses, and Trade-Offs: Drawing Together the Debate
Sources of Leverage in Causal Inference: Toward an Alternative View of Methodology
Causal Inference: Old Dilemmas, New Tools
Introduction to Part II
Qualitative Tools for Causal Inference
Process Tracing and Causal Inference
On Types of Scientific Inquiry: The Role of Qualitative Reasoning
Data-Set Observations versus Causal-Process Observations: The 2000 U.S. Presidential Election
Addendum: Teaching Process Tracing
Quantitative Tools for Causal Inference
Regression-Based Inference: A Case Study in Failed Causal Assessment
Design-Based Inference: Beyond the Pitfalls of Regression Analysis?
Acknowledgment of Permission to Reprint Copyrighted Material
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