A Research Study Method Of General Or Midrange Comparative Politics Theories

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Country-level case studies have been a hallmark of political science and a main staple of the comparative scholar’s toolkit. Case studies have been primarily used as an integrative tool of social science phenomena – and are of particular value when the number of observations (or cases under evaluation) are limited in number. A small-N often limits the utility of statistical evaluation. With the widespread access to data resources, the case study approach was supplanted by large-N quantitative methods as the preferred research method of political science scholars. However, a renewed interest in the case study approach has led to the application of a mixed-methods approach that includes the integration of formal qualitative and quantitative methods.
Within this essay, I will discuss the merits of the case study method for the advancement of refutation of general or midrange comparative politics theories. This essay will proceed in four sections. First, I will discuss the history and application of the case study method within comparative politics. Second, I discuss the advantages of the case study method within the discipline of political science. Third, I acknowledge the limitations and criticisms. I will conclude by highlighting the importance of the case study method and provide examples of how this approach leads to scientific progress.
Appropriateness and Application of the Case Study Method
Both qualitative and quantitative approaches hold distinct and important

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