Putting Typologies to Work

  title={Putting Typologies to Work},
  author={David Collier and Jody LaPorte and Jason Seawright},
  journal={Political Research Quarterly},
  pages={217 - 232}
Typologies are well-established analytic tools in the social sciences. They can be “put to work” in forming concepts, refining measurement, exploring dimensionality, and organizing explanatory claims. Yet some critics, basing their arguments on what they believe are relevant norms of quantitative measurement, consider typologies old-fashioned and unsophisticated. This critique is methodologically unsound, and research based on typologies can and should proceed according to high standards of… 

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