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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

Case Studies and Process Tracing
Case studies and process tracing
Derek Beach

Process tracing is an in-depth case study method for making within-case inferences about the operation of causal mechanisms that link causes and outcomes. While originally developed as an adjunct tool in psychological experiments to gain clues about potential causal mechanisms, process tracing has developed into a key case study method within the social sciences. The strength of process tracing methods, if properly conducted, is that they enable strong causal inferences to be made about how causal processes work in real-world cases. The downsides of process tracing include not only the large amount of analytical resources that are required to conduct it properly, but also the limited ability to generalize ...

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