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Process-Tracing Methods: Foundations and Guidelines
by Derek Beach and Rasmus Brun Pedersen
University of Michigan Press, 2019
Cloth: 978-0-472-13123-5 | Paper: 978-0-472-03735-3 | eISBN: 978-0-472-12478-7
Library of Congress Classification H61.B37 2019
Dewey Decimal Classification 300.115

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Process-tracing in social science is a method for studying causal mechanisms linking causes with outcomes. This enables the researcher to make strong inferences about how a cause (or set of causes) contributes to producing an outcome. In this extensively revised and updated edition, Derek Beach and Rasmus Brun Pedersen introduce a refined definition of process-tracing, differentiating it into four distinct variants and explaining the applications and limitations of each. The authors develop the underlying logic of process-tracing, including how one should understand causal mechanisms and how Bayesian logic enables strong within-case inferences. They provide instructions for identifying the variant of process-tracing most appropriate for the research question at hand and a set of guidelines for each stage of the research process.

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