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Author Coppedge, Michael, 1957-
Title Democratization and research methods / Michael Coppedge.
Imprint Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Author Coppedge, Michael, 1957-
Series Strategies for social inquiry
Strategies for social inquiry.
Subject Democratization -- Research -- Methodology.
Comparative government -- Research -- Methodology.
Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Cover; Democratization and Research Methods; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of tables; List of figures; Acknowledgments; 1: Research methods and democratization; Rationale; Overview; 2: Defining and measuring democracy; Operationalizing concepts; A trade-off between validity and extension; Measurement; Consequences for analysis; Data-driven research; Consequences of measurement error; Levels of measurement; Precision; Thickening thin concepts; Conclusion; 3: Criteria for evaluating causal theories; Three fundamental criteria for good theory; Generality; Integration; Thickness.
Multiple paths to theoryTheory in small-sample studies; Theory in large-sample comparisons; Formal theory; Toward theoretical perfection; 4: Checklists, frameworks, and Boolean analysis; Conventional wisdoms; Culture and leadership; Economy and society; The state and political institutions; International causes; What checklists tell us; Moving beyond checklists: Inductive theoretical frameworks; Linz: The Breakdown of Democratic Regimes; O'Donnell and Schmitter: Transitions from Authoritarian Rule; Linz and Stepan: Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation; Boolean analysis.
Appendix: Coding criteria and sources for checklist demonstration5: Case studies and comparative history; Histories and case studies; The nature of comparative histories; Evaluation of the comparative-historical approach; Appendix; 6: Formal models and theories; Integration; Positional models of liberalization; Positional models of transition and survival; Economic models of transition and survival; Evaluating formal theories and models; Thickness; Integration; Generality; Conclusion; 7: Rigor in extensive and intensive testing; Degrees and kinds of rigor.
Trade-offs between extensive and intensive testingToward testing that is extensive and intensive; Prospects; 8: Political culture and survey research; Versions of political culture; Macro-macro studies; A comprehensive framework; Political culture and mass-led regime change or consolidation; Support for democracy and democratic institutions; Other mass attitudes; Culture and behavior; Conclusion; 9: Quantitative testing; Assumptions of quantitative analysis; Measurement; Inference; Specification; Estimation; Tests with cross-sectional data.
The complications and advantages of time-series cross-sectional dataOther dependent variables; Other explanatory variables; Relatively fixed predictors; Stock variables; Dynamic variables; Conclusion; 10: An agenda for future research; Concepts and indicators; Case studies and comparative histories; Formal models and theories; Political culture; Quantitative testing; Prospects for democratization research; References; Index.
Summary Democratization and Research Methods summarizes what researchers know about why countries become and remain democracies, and why they often do not.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781139518383 (electronic bk.)
1139518380 (electronic bk.)
1280775068
9781280775062
9781139016179 (electronic bk.)
1139016172 (electronic bk.)
9781139514880
1139514881
9780521830324
052183032X
9780521537278
0521537274
9781139516532
1139516531
OCLC # 796383846
Additional Format Print version: Coppedge, Michael. Democratization and Research Methods. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012 9780521830324


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