This page contains a non-exhaustive list of some useful links concerning the Comparative Methods.
Informal forums for discussing issues QCA-related research issues:
In political science and sociology, QUAL-COMPARE, managed by Wendy Olsen (University of Manchester)
In management and organization studies, QCA-NET, managed by Peer Fiss (University of Southern California)
American Political Science Association: Organized Section for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research
The American Political Science Association's Organized Section on Qualitative and Multi-Method Research promotes research and training focused on the several branches of methodology associated with the qualitative tradition. The section organizes panels, roundtables, and short courses at APSA's annual meeting, and publishes the semi-annual Qualitative and Multi-Method Research Newsletter.
American Political Science Association: Society for Political Methodology
This is the home page of the Society for Political Methodology, the Political Methodology Section of the American Political Science Association, and the central web site for the political methodology community. The primary purpose of this site is to serve as the gateway to the Electronic Paper Archive. From here you can view abstracts of conference and Working Papers online and download papers for local printing. This is also the gateway to The Political Methodologist, our newsletter, and Political Analysis, the official journal of the section.
American Sociological Association: Comparative and Historical Sociology Section
The purpose of the Comparative and Historical Sociology section of the American Sociological Association is to promote sociological research and teaching on cross-national variation and the temporal dimensions of social life. Section members are distinguished by their range of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches. The themes of investigation addressed by section members are likewise manifold, including such issues as revolution, the welfare state, state formation, aspects of culture, law and social control, and political economy.
European Consortium for Political Research: Standing Group on Political Methodology
The Standing Group is meant to provide a venue for methodological discussions among European political scientists and interested scholars and students from adjoining disciplines. Its view of methodology is broad and encompassing. Its intent is to encourage dialogue among different sub-groups of the discipline on important (and common) methodological concerns. In doing so, it aims to encourage discussion about methods and methodologies that are common to a broad swatch of social science.
The objective of the Research Committee on Logic and Methodology is to develop professional contacts between sociologists interested in logic and methodology in sociology; to encourage the worldwide exchange of research findings and theoretical developments; to promote international meetings and research collaboration in the field of logic and methodology in sociology.
International Political Science Association: Committee on Concepts and Methods
The Committee on Concepts and Methods (C&M) is a Research Committee of the International Political Science Association (IPSA). Founded by Giovanni Sartori and friends, it was the first research committee recognized by IPSA in 1970. C&M remains one of the most active IPSA Research Committees, and is currently sponsored by CIDE in Mexico City and the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. C&M promotes conceptual and methodological discussion in political science. It provides a forum of debate for adherents of methodological schools who otherwise tend to conduct their deliberations at separate tables.
International Sociological Association: Research Committee on Conceptual and Terminological Analysis
Scientific meetings of the Committee on Conceptual and Terminological Analysis (COCTA) are held during Congresses of the ISA, and at other times. COCTA participates in other modes of exchange, such as the Internet e-mail discussion group COCTA-L. It also maintains special scientific exchanges and joint programs with research committees of the same name within the International Political Sciences Association and within the International Social Science Council.
QCA in Other Languages
This page in German provides some interesting working papers of QCA applications in the field of political economy (most of them are in English).
This page In Japanese, provides pratical informations for QCA users: a summary good practices, a glossary of the key terms, and a review of texbooks and software packages.
Other Small-N Approaches, Techniques and Software
APES (Actor Process Event Scheme)
APES has been developed by Uwe Serdült, Chantal Vögeli, Christian Hirschi and Thomas Widmer. This is a web-based software tool allowing the use of qualitative case study data for a systematic comparative assessment of policy processes. Focusing on the actors' participation in decision-making processes, the description of a policy process can be visualized with APES. By defining the participating actors as well as all relevant events of the decision-making process, the user gets the possibility to generate with APES a graphical representation of qualitative case study data, which allows the comparison over different cases.
AQUAD has been developed by G. L. Huber (University of Tübingen, Germany). It features many qualitative analysis procedures, and also allows one to treat cases/texts by Boolean analysis of critical features ("logical minimization").
Event Structure Analysis (ESA)
ESA is developed by David R. Heise (University of Indiana, Bloomington, USA). Event structure analysis is a qualitative methodology for understanding sequential events in a narrative. Prerequisite analysis focuses on how the events are connected logically. The program draws a chart showing the prerequisite structure. Composition analysis focuses on how the events link people and things. The program creates tables showing how people are associated with each other and with non-human entities.
Steve Borgatti's qualitative research methods course homepage
It consists of Content Analysis, Ethnographic Methods, Cultural Domain Analysis, with many other features
Mixed Methods Network for Behavioral, Social, and Health Sciences
This Website is based on the book by Tashakkori and Teddlie (2003) "Handbook of mixed methods in the social and behavioral research".
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