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‘This book provides a fresh and stimulating approach to causal analysis in the social sciences. International experts provide not just the philosophical arguments for a case-based approach to research but also detailed chapters on: ‘why-to’, ‘when-to’ and ‘how-to’. Traditional distinctions between qualitative and quantitative are rejected in favour of a case-based approach which is applicable across the social sciences and beyond’ - Professor Angela Dale, The University of Manchester

1. Complexity and Case
1. Complexity and case
David L.Harvey

Case studies have long kindled the sociological imagination. Yet their scientific status has been contested almost from the moment sociology was christened an academic discipline. Avatars of ‘hard science’ regard case studies as ‘too impressionistic’ in the interpretive liberties they take and as too aggressive ...

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