Advances in Comparative-Historical Analysis (Strategies for by James Mahoney

By James Mahoney

Opposed to the backdrop of an explosion of curiosity in new thoughts for facts assortment and idea trying out, this quantity offers a clean programmatic assertion approximately comparative-historical research. It examines the advances and exact contributions that CHA has made to idea new release and the reason of large-scale results that more recent techniques usually regard as empirically intractable. An introductory essay locates the resources of CHA's enduring impact in middle features that distinguish this method, similar to its recognition to procedure and its dedication to empirically grounded, deep case-based study. next chapters discover extensive study courses encouraged through CHA paintings, new analytic instruments for learning temporal procedures and institutional dynamics, and up to date methodological instruments for interpreting sequences and for combining CHA paintings with different methods. This quantity is key interpreting for students trying to know about the assets of CHA's enduring impact and its modern analytical and methodological suggestions.

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Let us again examine each of these points in turn. , Pierson 2004). The same variable can have different effects depending on when it occurs relative to other processes and events. Thus, CHA researchers pay close attention to the sequence in which variables appear and their timing relative to one another. In fact, placing an explanation “in context” often means situating variables in a particular temporal setting. In this sense, explanations in CHA are configurational not only because they consider combinations of causes operating at a given time but also because they consider combinations of causes located at different points in time (see Falleti and Mahoney, Chapter 8, this volume).

For example, if a medicine helps to remove certain symptoms across enough clinical trials, then it may well be a secondary concern why it has this effect. , by “context”). Without an understanding of the reasons why X affects Y, we are also then often mystified when, in a different context, X fails to influence Y or perhaps even produces some unanticipated Z instead (see also Woolcock 2013). 17 15 16 17 On the challenges of studying mediator variables with experiments (and the sometimes herculean assumptions this can entail), see Imai et al.

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