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AuthorCoppedge, Michael, 1957-
TitleDemocratization and research methods / Michael Coppedge
Imprint New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012
Descript xvii, 357 p. : ill. ; 26 cm


Research methods and democratization -- Defining and measuring democracy : Operationalizing concepts ; Measurement ; Consequences for analysis ; Thickening thin concepts -- 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 checklist: inductive theoretical frameworks ; Boolean analysis -- Case studies and comparative history : Histories and case studies ; The nature of comparative histories ; Evaluation of the comparative-historical approach -- 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 -- 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 framwork ; Political culture and mass-led regime change or consolidation -- 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 -- 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

Democratization -- Research -- Methodology Comparative government -- Research -- Methodology

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