What Is a Case Study and What Is It Good for?

@article{Gerring2004WhatIA,
  title={What Is a Case Study and What Is It Good for?},
  author={J. Gerring},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  year={2004},
  volume={98},
  pages={341 - 354}
}
  • J. Gerring
  • Published 2004
  • American Political Science Review
This paper aims to clarify the meaning, and explain the utility, of the case study method, a method often practiced but little understood. A “case study,” I argue, is best defined as an intensive study of a single unit with an aim to generalize across a larger set of units. Case studies rely on the same sort of covariational evidence utilized in non-case study research. Thus, the case study method is correctly understood as a particular way of defining cases, not a way of analyzing cases or a… Expand
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