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Process Tracing and Causal Inference

Bennett, Andrew (2010) Process Tracing and Causal Inference. In: [2011] Reasoning with Cases in the Social Sciences (Pittsburgh; 11-12 November 2011).

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    How should we judge competing explanatory claims in social science research? How can we make inferences about which alternative explanations are more convincing, in what ways, and to what degree? Case study methods—especially methods of within-case analysis such as process tracing— are an indispensable part of the answer to these questions (George and Bennett 2005: chap. 10). This chapter offers an overview of process tracing as a tool for causal inference, focusing on the study of international relations, an area rich with examples of this approach. In contrast to the subsequent two chapters in this volume (chaps. 11 and 12), where Freedman and Brady analyze micro-level examples, the present chapter explores process tracing in macro studies.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects: General Issues > Causation
    General Issues > Explanation
    Conferences and Volumes: [2011] Reasoning with Cases in the Social Sciences (Pittsburgh; 11-12 November 2011)
    Depositing User: Admin Bryan R
    Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2011 14:34
    Last Modified: 03 Nov 2011 14:34
    Item ID: 8872
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8872

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