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Macro-quantitative vs. macro-qualitative methods in political science : advantages and disadvantages of comparative procedures using the Welfare-State Theory as an example

Makro-quantitative vs. makro-qualitative Methoden in der Politikwissenschaft: Vor- und Nachteile der vergleichenden Vorgehensweisen am Beispiel der Wohlfahrtsstaatstheorie
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Berg-Schlosser, Dirk; Quenter, Sven

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Abstract In recent years there has been a polemic between more 'macro-quantitatively' and more 'macro-qualitatively' oriented social scientists. This debate was often characterized by mutual misunderstandings and misperceptions, but also false claims and insinuations. The present paper attempts to demonstrate the respective strengths and weaknesses of both procedures using the concrete example of theories of the development of the welfare state in Europe. In particular, the more recent procedure of 'Qualitative Comparative Analysis' is presented to a European public. The results show that both approaches can meaningfully stimulate and supplement each other putting, hopefully, to rest some of the polemics.
Keywords political science; quantitative method; qualitative method; welfare; theory; welfare state; macro level; comparative political science; Europe
Classification Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods; Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Political Science
Method descriptive study
Document language English
Publication Year 1996
Page/Pages p. 3-25
Journal Historical Social Research, 21 (1996) 1
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works