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Process-Tracing Methods: Foundations and Guidelines
by Derek Beach and Rasmus Brun Pedersen
University of Michigan Press, 2013
Cloth: 978-0-472-07189-0 | eISBN: 978-0-472-02885-6 | Paper: 978-0-472-05189-2
Library of Congress Classification H61.B37 2013
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. Derek Beach and Rasmus Brun Pedersen introduce a refined definition of process-tracing, differentiating it into three 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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