Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) as an Approach

Abstract

• Locate QCA as an approach and grasp its key epistemological foundations • Understand how and why QCA is “case oriented” and how one should use QCA to engage in a dialogue between cases and theories • Understand the specific conception of causality conveyed in QCA— multiple conjunctural causation—and its practical consequences • Reflect on the usefulness of QCA to reach a certain level of generalization beyond the observed cases • Grasp key common features of QCA techniques in terms of formalization, replication, transparency, and different types of uses • Become accustomed to some key technical terms and use the appropriate, QCA-specific terminology Goals of This Chapter

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@inproceedings{BergSchlosser2008QualitativeCA, title={Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) as an Approach}, author={Dirk Berg-Schlosser and Gis{\`e}le De Meur and Beno{\^i}t Rihoux and Charles C. Ragin}, year={2008} }