Relationships Among Rivals (RAR): A Framework for Analyzing Contending Hypotheses in Process Tracing

  title={Relationships Among Rivals (RAR): A Framework for Analyzing Contending Hypotheses in Process Tracing},
  author={Sherry Zaks},
  journal={Political Analysis},
  pages={344 - 362}
  • Sherry Zaks
  • Published 1 July 2017
  • Sociology
  • Political Analysis
Methodologists and substantive scholars alike agree that one of process tracing’s foremost contributions to qualitative research is its capacity to adjudicate among competing explanations of a phenomenon. Existing approaches, however, only provide explicit guidance on dealing with mutually exclusive explanations, which are exceedingly rare in social science research. I develop a tripartite solution to this problem. The Relationships among Rivals (RAR) framework (1) introduces a typology of… Expand
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