Tag: Book

  • QCA Book Published with Georgetown University Press

    Georgetown University Press has just published my QCA textbook Qualitative Comparative Analysis: An Introduction to Research Design and Application. 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, and QCA variants. A comprehensive glossary helps to clarify frequently used terms. The book is complemented by an accessible online R manual to help new users practice QCA’s analytical steps on sample data and then implement those steps with their own findings. The book further contains boxes by other authors from across the social sciences, who are reflecting on their own QCA applications and their use of specific variants of the method. For more information, reviews, and online material, please click the button below.

  • QCA Textbook with Georgetown UP

    Georgetown University Press has finalized the cover for my forthcoming textbook Qualitative Comparative Analysis: An Introduction to Research Design and Application, to be published later this year. More information about the book can be found here.

  • Von der Bonner zur Berliner Republik

    Von der Bonner zur Berliner Republik

    Sammelband der DVPW-Themengruppe Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik

    In der  bei Nomos erscheinenden Buchreihe “Außenpolitik und Internationale Ordnung” (Herausgeber: Hanns W. Maull und Sebastian Harnisch) ist der von Klaus Brummer und Friedrich Kießling herausgegebene Sammelband Zivilmacht Bundesrepublik? Bundesdeutsche außenpolitische Rollen vor und nach 1989 aus politik- und geschichtswissenschaftlichen Perspektiven erschienen.

    Die Publikation ist der dritte bisher erschienene Sammelband in der “Edition Themengruppe Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik“. Weitere Bände sind Chinesische Seidenstraßeninitiative und amerikanische Gewichtsverlagerung (Hansel/Harnisch/Godehardt, Hrsg. 2018) sowie Sonderbeziehungen als Nexus zwischen Außenpolitik und internationalen Beziehungen (Harnisch/Brummer/Oppermann, Hrsg. 2015).

    Weiterführende Informationen zur Themengruppe Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik gibt es auf der DVPW-Webseite. Dort ist auch die Anmeldung zur Mailingliste der Themengruppe möglich. Der Twitter-Account ist @dvpw_aussenpol.

    Mein Kapitel “Von der Bonner zur Berliner Republik” (PDF) untersucht für den Zeitraum 1990 bis 2018  parlamentarische Debatten zu 40 Auslandseinsätzen der Bundeswehr im Hinblick auf deren Resonanz mit dem rollentheoretischen Konzept der “Zivilmacht”. Die quantitative Textanalyse zeigt im Zeitverlauf eine deutliche Abnahme der Verwendung zivilmachtstheoretischer Rhetorik:

    “Während die Debatten Anfang der 1990er Jahre noch von einer hohen Resonanz mit dem Zivilmachtkonzept geprägt waren, so zeigt sich seither eine kontinuierliche Abnahme. Dies kann als Anzeichen für einen „Wandel“ in der deutschen Außenpolitik und ihrer politischen Rechtfertigung gesehen werden. Zweitens konnte die Analyse Unterschiede zwischen den Einsatztypen identifizieren. So zeigen die Plenardebatten zu NATO-Einsätzen eine höhere Übereinstimmung mit dem Zivilmachtkonzept auf als UN- oder EU-Missionen. Statistisch signifikant sind dabei die Zivilmacht-Werte der Debatten zu EU-Einsätzen, welche im Vergleich zur Gesamtheit der untersuchten Plenardebatten erheblich niedriger liegen” (Mello 2019: 310).

  • QCA: Research Design & Application

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    Textbook on Qualitative Comparative Analysis

    My book Qualitative Comparative Analysis: Research Design and Application provides a hands-on introduction to Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) – emphasizing research design, practical application, and real-life examples from published studies. Beginners are taken through each step in the research process so as to apply the procedures to their own projects. Experienced users will refresh their knowledge of QCA, including discussions of best practices, the critical reception of QCA, recent trends, and new ways to apply the method. Both groups will profit from many illustrated examples across the social sciences, and a compendium of suggestions to improve QCA research design, the interpretation of findings, and the presentation of results. The book is complemented by a concise R Manual.

    The book is under contract with Georgetown University Press, Washington, DC.

    Pre-prints of selected chapters: Introduction, Set Theory, Calibrating Sets, Measures of Fit (versions: July 2019).

    Supplementary Online Material (R scripts, data sets) will be made available upon publication (scheduled for 2020).

  • Interdisciplinary Conference on Role Theory and German Foreign Policy

    Interdisciplinary Conference on Role Theory and German Foreign Policy

    Tagung: Von der Zivilmacht zum Europäischen Hegemon? Bundesdeutsche außenpolitische Rollen aus geschichts- und politikwissenschaftlichen Perspektiven

    At the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, I participated in an interdisciplinary conference on role theory and German foreign policy. The two-day conference, co-organized by Klaus Brummer (International Relations) and Friedrich Kießling (Modern and Contemporary History), equally comprised contributions from historians and political scientists. The group of 20 participants included researchers from Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. My own contribution focused on “Roles, Role Performance, and Public Opinion in German Security Policy”. The participants are currently working on a joint publication.

    The conference program can be accessed here.

  • Dissertation Award 2015 – German Political Science Association

    Dissertation Award 2015 – German Political Science Association

    Democratic Participation in Armed Conflict Receives Best Dissertation Award 2015 from the German Political Science Association (DVPW)

    At its general conference in Duisburg-Essen, The German Political Science Association (Deutsche Vereinigung für Politische Wissenschaft) granted Democratic Participation in Armed Conflict: Military Involvement in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) the Best Dissertation Award for 2015. The prize is endowed with 1,000 EUR, provided by the Politische Vierteljahresschrift (PVS). The Laudation is published in PVS Issue 4/2015. [Book Information].

    The conference opening and the Laudation, held by Stefan Marschall on behalf of the award committee (together with Matthias Bohlender and Klaus Schlichte), can be watched here (minute 138 onward). See also a Press Release from TU Dresden.

    At the conference opening: Felix W. Wurm, Gabriele Abels, Patrick A. Mello, and Stefan Marschall (left to right):

    Photo: Alexander Kobusch
  • Democracy and War Involvement

    Democracy and War Involvement

    Democratic Participation in Armed Conflict: Military Involvement in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq

    When do democracies participate in military operations, and under which conditions do they abstain? Studies on the democratic peace have largely neglected the flip-side of democratic participation in armed conflict. Moreover, whilst scholars have made the case that democracy needs to be unpacked to be meaningful, this is rarely done in international relations. In comparative politics, on the other hand, there has been extensive research on democratic subtypes and their virtues and weaknesses, but this is seldom applied to security policy. Democratic Participation in Armed Conflict provides an integrative theoretical framework for a systematic analysis of the conditions for democratic war involvement. Drawing on a novel methodological approach, the book identifies pathways of military participation and abstention across 30 democracies and their involvement in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

    Mello, Patrick A. (2014) Democratic Participation in Armed Conflict: Military Involvement in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan [More Information]