From Methodology to Practice

  title={From Methodology to Practice},
  author={Sean Yom},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  pages={616 - 644}
  • S. Yom
  • Published 1 April 2015
  • Psychology
  • Comparative Political Studies
Most methods in comparative politics prescribe a deductive template of research practices that begins with proposing hypotheses, proceeds into analyzing data, and finally concludes with confirmatory tests. In reality, many scholars move back and forth between theory and data in creating causal explanations, beginning not with hypotheses but hunches and constantly revising their propositions in response to unexpected discoveries. Used transparently, such inductive iteration has contributed to… 

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