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Process-Tracing Methods : Foundations and Guidelines, Hardback Book

Process-Tracing Methods : Foundations and Guidelines Hardback


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.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 328 pages, 32 charts, 27 tables
  • Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Social theory
  • ISBN: 9780472131235

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