The Logic of Process Tracing Tests in the Social Sciences

  title={The Logic of Process Tracing Tests in the Social Sciences},
  author={James Mahoney},
  journal={Sociological Methods \& Research},
  pages={570 - 597}
  • J. Mahoney
  • Published 2 March 2012
  • Mathematics
  • Sociological Methods & Research
This article discusses process tracing as a methodology for testing hypotheses in the social sciences. With process tracing tests, the analyst combines preexisting generalizations with specific observations from within a single case to make causal inferences about that case. Process tracing tests can be used to help establish that (1) an initial event or process took place, (2) a subsequent outcome also occurred, and (3) the former was a cause of the latter. The article focuses on the logic of… 
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