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A Theory of Gradual Institutional Change
Once created, institutions often change in subtle and gradual ways over time. Although less dramatic than abrupt and wholesale transformations, these slow and piecemeal changes can be equallyExpand
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A Tale of Two Cultures: Qualitative and Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences
Preface vii *1. Introduction 1 *2. Mathematical Prelude: A Selective Introduction to Logic and Set Theory for Social Scientists 16 I. CAUSAL MODELS AND INFERENCE *3. Causes-of-Effects versusExpand
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A Tale of Two Cultures: Contrasting Quantitative and Qualitative Research
The quantitative and qualitative research traditions can be thought of as distinct cultures marked by different values, beliefs, and norms. In this essay, we adopt this metaphor toward the end ofExpand
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The Logic of Process Tracing Tests in the Social Sciences
This article discusses process tracing as a methodology for testing hypotheses in the social sciences. With process tracing tests, the analyst combines preexisting generalizations with specificExpand
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Toward a Unified Theory of Causality
In comparative research, analysts conceptualize causation in contrasting ways when they pursue explanation in particular cases (case-oriented research) versus large populations (population-orientedExpand
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The legacies of liberalism: path dependence and political regimes in Central America
  • J. Mahoney
  • Political Science, Economics
  • 21 January 2003
Despite their many similarities, Central American countries during the twentieth century were characterized by remarkably different political regimes. In a comparative analysis of Guatemala, ElExpand
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After KKV: The New Methodology of Qualitative Research
This article discusses developments in the field of qualitative methodology since the publication of King, Keohane, and Verba's (KKV 's) Designing Social Inquiry. Three areas of the new methodologyExpand
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Rethinking agency and structure in the study of regime change
The oscillation of the study of political regime change between voluntarist and structural approaches has increasingly led scholars to seek research strategies for synthesizing the two approaches.Expand
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Explaining Institutional Change: Ambiguity, Agency, and Power
En el ano 2006 Shapiro, Skowronek y Galvin editaron un libro que puso al dia el estudio de las instituciones al presentar un conjunto de traba- jos representativos de las principales tradiciones enExpand
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Process Tracing and Historical Explanation
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This article offers a state of the art of methodological writings on process tracing for both theory testing and theory development. Expand
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