Posted by Claude Rubinson, 19 October 2016
Version 3.0 of fs/QCA has been released. This is the first version of fs/QCA that is available for both Windows and macOS. A manual is not yet available, but it operates similarly to fs/QCA 2.5. See the Software page.
Posted by Claude Rubinson, 11 October 2016
From Carsten Schneider:
As you may know, APSA's Qualitative and Multi-Method Research section is currently running a deliberative process about research transparency for qualitative empirical scholarship. The QTD is a broadly inclusive process through which a wide range of qualitative communities are thinking through the meaning, costs, benefits, and practicalities of transparency for the types of inquiry in which they engage. At the end of the process, the QTD Working Groups will produce a set of statements that articulate understandings and practices of research transparency that are relevant for different forms and contexts of qualitative research. These statements will be an invaluable resource for a wide range of constituencies grappling with issues of research transparency, from journal editors to researchers and graduate students.
From now until Dec. 1, the QTD Working Groups — each of which is focused on a particular method or context of qualitative research — are consulting with scholars who use and are knowledgeable about that form of inquiry. I am a member of the Working Group on "Algorithmic Analytic Approaches", which covers both QCA and automated content analysis. It would be enormously valuable to get your thoughts on some of the issues our Group is considering. We have posted some specific questions on the Group's discussion forum, which is here: https://www.qualtd.net/viewforum.php?f=23.
To post "on the record," if you're not already registered on the qualtd.net site, please first fill out the very short registration form, here: "https://www.qualtd.net/ucp.php?mode=register
We are very keen to hear your thoughts. I'm also happy to have a one-on-one email exchange or Skype call about these issues if that would be more convenient for you. The main thing is to get your input as we think through the meaning and practice of transparency for set-theoretic comparative methods.
Posted by Claude Rubinson, 9 October 2016
New version of SetMethods package for R: Juraj Medzihorsky, Ioana-Elena Oana, Mario Quaranta and Carsten Schneider have released version 2.0 of the SetMethods package for R. See the Software page.
Posted by Claude Rubinson, 9 October 2016
New version of Tosmana: Lasse Cronqvist has released version 1.52 of Tosmana, which adds a number of new features including preliminary support for conducting fsQCA. The release notes describe the new features. See the Software page.
Posted by Claude Rubinson, 19 July 2016
Two methodological contributions were recently published in Field Methods: Cooper and Glaesser (2016) on "Qualitative Comparative Analysis, Necessary Conditions, and Limited Diversity: Some Problematic Consequences of Schneider and Wagemann’s Enhanced Standard Analysis" with a reply by Schneider and Wagemann (2016), "Assessing ESA on What It Is Designed For."
Posted by Claude Rubinson, 14 July 2016
New versions of QCApro: Alrik Thiem has released version 1.1-1 of the QCApro package for R. See the Software section.
Posted by Claude Rubinson, 8 July 2016
New versions of QCA/QCAGUI: Adrian Duşa has released version 2.4 of the QCA/QCAGUI packages for R. The major additions are improvements to the GUI interface and the ability to work with multiple datasets at the same time. See the Software section.
Posted by Claude Rubinson, 1 July 2016
New working paper in WP Series: Cooper, Barry and Judith
Glaesser. 2016. "The set theoretic analysis of
probabilistic regularities with fsQCA, QCApro and CNA:
Exploring possible implications for current 'best
COMPASSS WP Series 2016-85. Published online 1 July 2016.
Available from: http://www.compasss.org/wpseries/CooperGlaesser2016.pdf.
Posted by Claude Rubinson, 27 June 2016
New versions of QCA/QCAGUI: Adrian Duşa has released version 2.3 of the QCA/QCAGUI packages for R. See the Software section.
Posted by Claude Rubinson, 25 June 2016
Dave Garson (North Carolina State University) is seeking comments on a monograph he is finalizing, "Case Study Analysis & QCA." The monograph is 130pp, two-thirds of which is on QCA using fsQCA software with worked examples, and is intended as an introductory graduate-level text. If interested in reviewing it and commenting, please contact Dr. Garson at email@example.com, who will send you the current draft and later the final version. Reviewers may use it in classes, as long as it is not posted to the internet. The final monograph will be distributed free in pdf form and at low cost ($5) in Kindle format.
Posted by Claude Rubinson, 25 June 2016
New version of Tosmana: Lasse Cronqvist has released version 1.4 of Tosmana. See the Software section.
Posted by Claude Rubinson, 25 April 2016
The May 2016 issue of Comparative Political Studies is a special issue devoted to "Debating Set Theoretic Comparative Methods" and includes articles by Jack Paine; Alrik Thiem, Michael Baumgartner, and Damien Bol; Gerardo Munck; and Carsten Schneider.
Posted by Claude Rubinson, 4 April 2016
New software version: QCApro 1.1-0 has been released. In addition to new functionality, the package introduces a glossary for configurational comparative methods. See the Software section.
Posted by Alrik Thiem, 21 March 2016
New category "add-on packages" provided in the Software section.
Posted by Alrik Thiem, 21 March 2016
New software: QCAGUI/QCA 2.1 have been released. See the Software section.
Posted by Alrik Thiem, 2 February 2016
The Journal of Business Research 69(4) is a special issue titled "Set-Theoretic Research in Business", and includes almost 50 articles applying QCA.
Posted by Alrik Thiem, 28 January 2016
New software: QCApro 1.0-0 has been released, with numerous fixes and improvements on its predecessor package QCA. See the Software section.
Posted by Claude Rubinson, 15 December 2015
New working paper in WP Series: van Kessel, Stijn. 2015. "Up to the Challenge? The Electoral Performance of Challenger Parties after their First Period in Power". COMPASSS WP Series 2015-84. Direct download here.
Posted by Claude Rubinson, 14 November 2015
New working paper in WP Series: Thiem, Alrik. 2015. "Standards of Good Practice and the Methodology of Necessary Conditions in Qualitative Comparative Analysis: A Critical View on Schneider and Wagemann's Theory-Guided/Enhanced Standard Analysis". COMPASSS WP Series 2015-83. Direct download here.
Posted by Claude Rubinson, 19 October 2015
New working paper in WP Series: Ton, Giel. 2015. "Using Qualitative Comparative Analysis to Explore Outcome Patterns of Grant Support to Farmer Organisations in Bolivia". COMPASSS WP Series 2015-82. Direct download here.
Posted by Alrik Thiem, 10 October 2015
As a by-product of my work as the management board member of COMPASSS responsible for the bibliography, I have published a blog entry on my personal website that presents a ranking of QCA-friendly journals. If you want to know at which journals your risk of being rejected because of the method you have employed should be relatively low, you might want to check out this table.
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.
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