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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

2. The Contextualist Approach to Social Science Methodology
2. The contextualist approach to social science methodology

When delimiting a case, we start from a problem, then select a process towards an outcome and define a context in which it takes place. We finally explain by tracing the process within the context. These are the three basic operations of a contextualist methodology. This chapter provides a detailed ...

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