Process Tracing and Qualitative Causal Inference

@article{Waldner2015ProcessTA,
  title={Process Tracing and Qualitative Causal Inference},
  author={David Waldner},
  journal={Security Studies},
  year={2015},
  volume={24},
  pages={239 - 250}
}
  • D. Waldner
  • Published 3 April 2015
  • Philosophy
  • Security Studies
This essay critically reviews this symposium's essays on process tracing and security studies by James Mahoney, Andrew Bennett, and Nina Tannenwald. It covers three major issues that have not been adequately addressed by previous writings on process tracing: the relationship of single case studies to more general causal claims, the conceptualization of causation, and the criteria of valid causal inference. It introduces the “completeness standard,” which combines causal graphs, event history… 
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