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Approaches and Methodologies in the Social Sciences


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Preface; 1. Introduction Donatella della Porta and Michael Keating; Part I. Epistemology and Philosophy of the Social Sciences: 2. How many approaches in the social sciences? An epistemological introduction Donatella della Porta and Michael Keating; 3. Normative political theory and empirical research Rainer Bauboeck; 4. Causal explanation Adrienne Heritier; 5. Constructivism: what it is (not) and how it matters Friedrich Kratochwil; 6. Culture and social science Michael Keating; 7. Historical institutionalism Sven Steinmo; 8. Game theory Christine Chwaszcza; 9. Rationality and recognition Alessandro Pizzorno; Part II. Research Design: 10. Concepts and concept formation Peter Mair; 11. Comparative analysis: case-oriented versus variable-oriented research Donatella della Porta; 12. Case studies and process tracing: theories and practices Pascal Vennesson; 13. Quantitative analysis Mark Franklin; 14. The design of social and political research Philippe Schmitter; 15. Ethnographic approaches Zoe Bray; 16. Comparing approaches, methodologies and methods. Some concluding remarks Donatella della Porta and Michael Keating; References; Glossary; Index.

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A textbook for masters and doctoral students introducing the major research approaches and methodologies in the social sciences.

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Donatella della Porta is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute, Florence, and Professor of Political Science at the University of Florence. Michael Keating is Professor of Political and Social Sciences in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute, Florence, and Professor of Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen.


'This volume makes a strong and persuasive case for a pluralistic approach to social science. A wide variety of approaches are explicated by their leading exponents so that the reader can judge in what ways, and to what extent, they might be enlisted in the study of markets, politics, and society. An immensely informative and intellectually stimulating journey.' John Gerring, Professor of Political Science, Boston University 'This collection of essays on methods will be widely adopted for graduate programmes in the social sciences. The essays are clear, illuminating and thoughtful; the coverage is deliberately wide, admirably even-handed and current. Each has been tested in the classroom and it shows. An excellent volume!' Joni Lovenduski FBA, Anniversary Professor of Politics, Birkbeck College, University of London 'An excellent volume which demonstrate that different epistemological and methodological approaches can fruitfully speak to each other in a logic of 'reasonable pluralism'. A book that should become compulsory reading for all researchers training in the social sciences.' Maurizio Ferrera, Professor of Comparative Public Policy, University of Milan

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