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Democratization and research methods, Michael Coppedge - hardback

"Democratization and Research Methods is a coherent survey and critique of both democratization research and the methodology of comparative politics. The two themes enhance each other: the democratization literature illustrates the advantages and disadvantages of various methodological approaches, and the critique of methods makes sense of the vast and bewildering democratization field. Michael Coppedge argues that each of the three main approaches in comparative politics - case studies and comparative histories, formal modeling and large-sample statistical analysis - accomplishes one fundamental research goal relatively well: 'thickness', integration and generalization, respectively. Throughout the book, comprehensive surveys of democratization research demonstrate that each approach accomplishes one of these goals well but the other two poorly. Chapters cover conceptualization and measurement, case studies and comparative histories, formal models and theories, political culture and survey research, and quantitative testing. The final chapter summarizes the state of knowledge about democratization and lays out an agenda for multi-method research"--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Research methods and democratization. Rationale ; Overview -- Defining and measuring democracy. Operationalizing concepts ; Measurement ; Consequences for analysis ; Thickening thin concepts ; Conclusion -- Criteria for evaluating causal theories. Three fundamental criteria for good theory ; Multiple paths to theory ; Toward theoretical perfection -- Checklists, frameworks, and Boolean analysis. Conventional wisdoms ; What checklists tell us ; Moving beyond checklists : inductive theoretical frameworks ; Boolean analysis ; Appendix : Coding criteria and sources for checklist demonstration -- Case studies and comparative history. Histories and case studies ; The nature of comparative histories ; Evaluation of the comparative-historical approach ; Appendix -- Formal models and theories. Integration ; Positional models of liberalization ; Positional models of transition and survival ; Economic models of transition and survival ; Evaluating formal theories and models ; Conclusion -- Rigor in extensive and intensive testing. Degrees and kinds of rigor ; Trade-offs between extensive and intensive testing ; Toward testing that is extensive and intensive ; Prospects -- Political culture and survey research. Versions of political culture ; Macro-macro studies ; A comprehensive framework ; Political culture and mass-led regime change or consolidation ; Conclusion -- Quantitative testing. Assumptions of quantitative analysis ; Tests with cross-sectional data ; The complications and advantages of time-series cross-sectional data ; Other dependent variables ; Other explanatory variables ; Conclusion -- An agenda for future research. Concepts and indicators ; Case studies and comparative histories ; Formal models and theories ; Political culture ; Quantitative testing ; Prospects for democratization research
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
xvii, 357 p. :, ill. ;, 26 cm

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