Comparative process tracing.: Making historical comparison structured and focused
2017 (English)In: Philosophy of the social sciences, ISSN 0048-3931, E-ISSN 1552-7441, Vol. 47, no 1, 44-66 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article introduces comparative process tracing (CPT) as a two-step methodological approach that combines theory, chronology, and comparison. For each studied case, the processes leading “from A to B” are reconstructed and analyzed in terms of ideal-type social mechanisms and then compared by making use of the identified mechanisms and ideal-type periodization. Central elements of CPT are path dependence, critical junctures and focal points, social mechanisms, context, periodization, and counterfactual analysis. The CPT approach is described, discussed, and compared with more formal and deterministic forms of process tracing, which are found to be less fruitful for systematic comparison.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. Vol. 47, no 1, 44-66 p.
Sociology Political Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-307657DOI: 10.1177/0048393116658549ISI: 000389898600003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-307657DiVA: diva2:1047657