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Comparative process tracing.: Making historical comparison structured and focused
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2505-8319
Åbo universitet .
2016 (English)In: Philosophy of the social sciences, ISSN 0048-3931, E-ISSN 1552-7441Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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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.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-307657DOI: 10.1177/0048393116658549OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-307657DiVA: diva2:1047657
Available from: 2016-11-18 Created: 2016-11-18 Last updated: 2016-11-18

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