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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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Is the utility of a method of social inquiry dependent on geographical location?

Posted 31/8/2015

I have just returned from the general conference of the European Sociological Association in Prague, where about 2000 researchers from all over Europe were present.

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Rejoinder to Hug's reply in Qualitative & Multi-Method Research 12(2):24-27

Posted 7/2/2015

I thank Simon Hug for his reply (Hug 2014) to my comment (Thiem 2014) on Hug (2013).

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QCA conference: "Social Science Applications and Methodological Challenges"

Posted 30/11/2014

From 15 to 16 January 2015, the conference "Qualitative Comparative Analysis – Social Science Applications and Methodological Challenges" will be held at the Department of Organization Studies at Tilburg University, the Netherlands.

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