• Summary
  • Overview
  • Key Readings

Case study research has a long and varied history within and beyond the social sciences. This collection brings together the key articles on this method from the full range of social science disciplines: sociology, political science, policy and public administration studies, law, social work, anthropology, community and urban studies, business and management studies, economics and psychology. The foundations and debates central to this method are exhaustively covered.

The first volume covers the early influential statements and examples of case study research. The following three volumes explore issues pertaining to the generalizability of this method, the meaning of ‘case’, the appropriate methods for collecting data and how case study research enables ‘understanding’ and ‘explanation’. Together they form the most comprehensive collection of articles available in this important research method.

Editor's Introduction

This four volume edited collection aims to provide the reader with access to the most important articles on the subject of case study research in the social sciences originally published in academic journals across a wide spectrum of disciplines and fields, and during almost the full span of the twentieth century. The selection has been based on three criteria. Firstly, that the articles represent the most significant statements in an on-going debate about the meaning, method, scope and value of case study research, and, secondly, that the materials are not readily available in book form. As such this collection does not seek to include selections from a number of classic and contemporary case study monographs, despite the significance of these texts, as they ...

locked icon

Sign in to access this content