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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 ...

Configurative Methods
Configurative methods
Claudius Wagemann
1. Introduction

At first, it is necessary to get a closer understanding of what ‘configurative methods’ are, since the term is not very frequently used in social science methodology. We can most easily refer to Rihoux and Ragin (2009a) which has a very similar title (Configurational Comparative Methods). When looking at the single contributions to that volume, it becomes clear that most of the chapters1 deal with a specific method, which has also become known as Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and is mainly connected to Ragin's widely read contributions (Ragin, 1987, 2000, 2008; see also Schneider and Wagemann, 2012). While Rihoux and Ragin (2009b: xix) even explicitly refer to QCA in all its variants2 when speaking ...

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