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First articles on Combinational Regularity Analysis (CORA) released

Posted 21/3/2023

The first articles on our new configurational comparative method - Combinational Regularity Analysis (CORA) - have been published in several top journals.

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"Realists" and "Idealists" in QCA? A Rejoinder to Schneider (2018)

Posted 21/9/2018

In response to Carsten Schneider's argument that the QCA community has split into a small minority of unhelpful QCA "idealists", mainly Michael Baumgartner and myself, and a majority of QCA "realists", of which Schneider says he is a member, I have written a rejoinder that is partly a personal anecdote about my academic development, partly a scientific reply to the QCA "realists". You can download the text here

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Debate over QCA's three solution types intensifies at Cologne meeting

Posted 11/6/2018

From 25-26 April 2018, about a dozen scholars working on topics around QCA gathered at the Cologne Center for Comparative Politics at the University of Cologne, Germany, to present their work and discuss that of others. Ingo Rohlfing and his team organized this meeting.   

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COMPASSS network calls on journal editors and reviewers to ignore critical QCA publications

Posted 23/8/2017

On 16 August 2017, Claude Rubinson posted a statement formulated by the Management Board and the Steering Committee of the COMPASSS network (I myself was a management board member of COMPASSS from 2012-2016).

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It's sets all the way down (and up)...

Posted 19/7/2017

At the 7th Annual General Conference of the European Political Science Association, which took place in Milan (Italy) from 22-24 June 2017, the QCA panel featured a particularly interesting paper by Kevin Clarke, Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science of the University of Rochester (USA).

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Some reflections after the PSA's Political Methodology Conference

Posted 23/1/2017

Last week, I presented one of my most important papers so far, titled "Often trusted but never (properly) tested: Evaluating Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)" (co-authored with Michael Baumgartner) at the Annual Conference of the Methodology Section of the Political Studies Association. I got many useful and encouraging comments, but what kept my mind busy for several more days following the conference was something else.

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Transparency standards for configurational comparative research in political science

Posted 21/10/2016

The issue of research transparency has recently been put higher on the agenda of social scientists. In line with this development, the Organized Section for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research of the American Political Science Association has initiated its Qualitative Transparency Deliberations in spring 2016 in an attempt to improve the situation in political science that employs methodological approaches falling into the remit of the section.

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Successful workshop seminar at University of Konstanz

Posted 14/10/2016

From 26-30 September 2016, Michael Baumgartner and I led a workshop seminar titled "Configurational Research with Qualitative Comparative Analysis and Coincidence Analysis".

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Twice in the spotlight

Posted 25/8/2016

In my last blog entry, I provided a list of the top QCA journals in terms of the number of published articles that employ QCA for applied research or deal with methodological aspects. 

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A ranking of the most QCA-friendly journals: some observations

Posted 7/10/2015

Regardless of whether they want to publish methodological work on QCA or applied work that uses QCA for the analysis of the data, researchers of every scholarly hue often face the tough question of where to submit their papers.

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