The SAGE Handbook of Research Methods in Political Science and International Relations offers a comprehensive overview of research processes in social science - from the ideation and design of research projects, through the construction of theoretical arguments, to conceptualization, measurement, and data collection, and quantitative and qualitative empirical analysis - exposited through 65 major new contributions from leading international methodologists. Each chapter surveys, builds upon, and extends the modern state of the art in its area. Following through its six-part organization, undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and practicing academics will be guided through the design, methods, and analysis of issues in Political Science and International Relations: Part One: Formulating Good Research Questions and Designing Good Research Projects; Part Two: Methods of Theoretical Argumentation; Part Three: Conceptualization and Measurement; Part Four: Large-Scale Data Collection and Representation Methods; Part Five: Quantitative-Empirical Methods; Part Six: Qualitative and Mixed Methods.
Chapter 6: Designing Qualitative Research Projects: Notes on Theory Building, Case Selection and Field Research
Why did World War I break out in 1914? Why did states create the International Criminal Court, and what explains the choice of certain design characteristics over others? Why did Mexico democratize in 2000 after 70 years of one-party rule? Why did Britain, Germany and Sweden adopt different types of welfare states? Why did Argentina and Peru prosecute and punish former dictators following their most recent episode of democratization whereas Brazil did not? Qualitative researchers in political science and international relations are usually interested in explaining outcomes such as these. Instead of seeking to ...