Hard Thinking about Hard and Easy Cases in Security Studies

  title={Hard Thinking about Hard and Easy Cases in Security Studies},
  author={Aaaron Rapport},
  journal={Security Studies},
  pages={431 - 465}
The idea of “least likely” (or “hard”) and “most likely” cases with which to test theories has been addressed in many prominent works on qualitative methodology. Such research designs are especially common among those working in the field of security studies. Nevertheless, there exists considerable confusion regarding how these cases should be defined and how authors can draw sound inferences from them. At worst, such confusion leads to the impression that researchers apply the labels of least… 
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