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Posted by Alrik Thiem, 8 August 2015

This year, the 2014 Article of the Year Award of the journal Socio-Economic Review was given to Carsten Schneider and Kristin Makszin for their article "Forms of Welfare Capitalism and Education-Based Participatory Inequality, Socio-Economic Review 12(2): 437-462". In this article, QCA is used to analyze whether the degree of political inequality between social groups is shaped by features of the welfare capitalist system. We congratulate the authors!


Posted by Alrik Thiem, 5 August 2015

Domingo Ribeiro Soriano (University of Valencia, Spain), Kun Huang Huarng (Feng Chia University, Taiwan) and Norat Roig-Tierno (Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain) organize a Special Section Issue titled "Configurational Comparative Research Methodologies" in the journal Quality & Quantity. The Special Section Issue seeks to provide a forum for topical issues that demonstrate the usefulness of configurational comparative research methodologies. A description of the method, its empirical applications, and potential methodological advances that increase its usefulness in research and practice will be emphasized. Submissions should be made using Editorial Manager (authors must say in a cover note that their paper is intended for the Special Section Issue). The deadline for submissions is 15 December 2015.


Posted by Alrik Thiem, 4 August 2015

Four methodological contributions on Qualitative Comparative Analysis fully published in Quality & Quantity: "Contextual Analyses with QCA-Methods" by Thomas Denk and Sarah Lehtinen; "But not Both: The Exclusive Disjunction in Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)" by Ursula Hackett; "Parameters of Fit and Intermediate Solutions in Multi-Value Qualitative Comparative Analysis" by Alrik Thiem and "Parsimony and Causality" by Michael Baumgartner. Three further QCA articles as advance online publications: "Analyzing Multilevel Data with QCA: Yet Another Straightforward Procedure" by Alrik Thiem; " Analysing Necessity and Sufficiency with Qualitative Comparative Analysis: How do Results Vary as Case Weights Change?" by Barry Cooper and Judith Glaesser; and " Why Simulations are Appropriate for Evaluating Qualitative Comparative Analysis" by Ingo Rohlfing.


Posted by Alrik Thiem, 27 July 2015

This year, the German Political Science Association has awarded its price for the best dissertation to Patrick Mello for his book Democratic Participation in Armed Conflict. Military Involvement in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. In this work, QCA is used to answer the question of when democracies participate in military operations, and under which conditions they abstain. Please see our Books section for more details. We congratulate Patrick on this great achievement!


Posted by Claude Rubinson, 17 July 2015

New working paper in WP Series: Lambach, Daniel, Eva Johais and Markus Bayer. 2015. "The Causes of State Collapse: Results from a QCA Analysis". COMPASSS WP Series 2015-80. Direct download here.


Posted by Claude Rubinson, 14 July 2015

New working paper in WP Series: Meuer, Johannes and Christian Rupietta. 2015. "Qualifying "Fit": The Performance Dynamics of Firms' Change Tracks through Organizational Configurations". COMPASSS WP Series 2015-81. Direct download here.


Posted by Alrik Thiem, 15 June 2015

New software version: cna 1.0-3 has been released, which features some minor technical adjustments. See the Software section.


Posted by Alrik Thiem, 10 April 2015

This year, the Nils Petter Gleditsch Article of the Year Award of the Journal of Peace Research was given to Corinne Bara for her article "Incentives and opportunities: A complexity-oriented explanation of violent ethnic conflict, Journal of Peace Research 51(6): 696-710". In this study, QCA is used for examining the onset of ethnic conflicts between 1990 and 2009. We congratulate Corinne on this great achievement!


Posted by Benoît Rihoux, 20 February 2015

For professional reasons, Alrik Thiem has withdrawn as an active author of the QCA software package as of the current version 1.1-4. However, he will continue to provide support to users up to version 1.1-4.


Posted by Alrik Thiem, 8 January 2015

New software versions: QCA 1.1-4 and cna 1.0-2 have been released, which include some minor improvements and technical adjustments. See the Software section.


Posted by Alrik Thiem, 18 November 2014

This year, the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award of the Methodology Section of the American Sociological Association was given to Charles C. Ragin. The award recognizes sociologists who have contributed to the field of sociological methodology. We congratulate Charles on this great achievement!


Posted by Claude Rubinson, 16 October 2014

New working paper in WP Series: Emmenegger, Patrick, Dominik Schraff and André Walter. 2014. "QCA, the Truth Table Analysis and Large-N Survey Data: The Benefits of Calibration and the Importance of Robustness Tests". COMPASSS WP Series 2014-79. Direct download here.


Posted by Alrik Thiem, 3 October 2014

New software! For Coincidence Analysis (CNA) - a configurational comparative method closely related to QCA, the package cna 1.0-0 for the R environment has just been released. Visit the Software section for more details.


Posted by Alrik Thiem, 22 September 2014

Symposium "Qualitative Comparative Analysis in Critical Perspective" by Samuel R. Lucas and Alisa Szatrowski published in Sociological Methodology, 44(1), with comments by Jake Bowers, David Collier, Peer Fiss, Axel Marx, Wendy Olsen, Charles Ragin, Benoît Rihoux, Jason Seawright and Stephen Vaisey.


Posted by Alrik Thiem, 28 June 2014

New category "Evaluation" in bibliography of QCA studies.


Posted by Alrik Thiem, 15 June 2014

New software version: QCA 1.1-3 has been released, which includes three new data sets, fixes some minor bugs, and includes a number of minor improvements to some function arguments and the documentation. See the Software section for more details.


Posted by Alrik Thiem, 26 May 2014

New software version: Kirq 2.1.12 has been released, which fixes several bugs in the previous version. Visit the Software section for more details.


Posted by Alrik Thiem, 23 May 2014

New category "Communication & Media" in bibliography of QCA studies.


Posted by Alrik Thiem, 8 May 2014

New software version: QCA3 0.0-7 has been released, which fixes a printing bug in version 0.0-6. Visit the Software section for more details.


Posted by Alrik Thiem, 2 May 2014

Two major methodological contributions on configurational comparative methods published: "A Coincidence Analysis of a Causal Chain: The Swiss Minaret Vote" by Michael Baumgartner and Ruedi Epple in Sociological Methods & Research 43(2), and "Unifying Configurational Comparative Methods: Generalized-Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis" by Alrik Thiem in Sociological Methods & Research 43(2).



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