Qualitative Comparative Analysis: An Introduction to Research Design and Application

My book Qualitative Comparative Analysis: An Introduction to Research Design and Application (Georgetown University Press, 2021) is a comprehensive guide to the method of QCA and its successful empirical application. As QCA becomes increasingly popular in the social sciences, this book provides step-by-step guidance on how to turn a research project into a QCA study, and how to interpret and present analytical findings in publications. Following an ideal-typical research cycle, the book’s ten chapters cover the methodological basis and analytical routine of QCA, as well as matters of research design, causation and causal complexity, QCA variants, and an up-to-date account of the method’s reception in the social sciences. A comprehensive glossary helps to clarify the meaning of frequently used terms. The book is complemented by an accessible R Manual to enable new users to implement the analytical steps with their own data and to practice on sample data.

Preprints of selected chapters (versions: January 2021): Introduction, Research Design, Set Theory, Causation and Causal Complexity, Calibrating Sets, Measures of Fit, Set-Theoretic Analysis, QCA Variants, QCA and Its Critics, Conclusion, R Manual, Glossary.

Please contact me in case you are interested in receiving a preprint of the complete book.

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Chapter Outline (Mello 2021)
Figure 1-1 (Mello 2021)
Figure 4-1 (Mello 2021)