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by Michael Coppedge

  • ISBN: 0521537274
  • Category: Politics
  • Author: Michael Coppedge
  • Subcategory: Politics & Government
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (June 25, 2012)
  • Pages: 376 pages
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  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 499
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The two themes enhance each other: the democratization literature illustrates the advantages and disadvantages of various methodological approaches.

Series: Strategies for Social Inquiry. Recommend to librarian. The two themes enhance each other: the democratization literature illustrates the advantages and disadvantages of various methodological approaches, and the critique of methods makes sense of the vast and bewildering democratization field.

Strategies for Social Inquiry. By (author) Michael Coppedge.

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The two themes enhance each other: the democratization literature illustrates the advantages and disadvantages of various methodological approaches, and the critique of methods makes sense of the vast and bewildering democratization field. ISBN 13: 9780521537278.

series Strategies for Social Inquiry.

series Strategies for Social Inquiry.

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Democratization and Research Methods is a coherent survey and critique of both democratization research and the methodology of comparative politics. The two themes enhance each other: the democratization literature illustrates the advantages and disadvantages of various methodological approaches, and the critique of methods makes sense of the vast and bewildering democratization field. Michael Coppedge argues that each of the three main approaches in comparative politics - case studies and comparative histories, formal modeling, and large-sample statistical analysis - accomplishes one fundamental research goal relatively well: "thickness," integration, and generalization, respectively. Throughout the book, comprehensive surveys of democratization research demonstrate that each approach accomplishes one of these goals well but the other two poorly. Chapters cover conceptualization and measurement, case studies and comparative histories, formal models and theories, political culture and survey research, and quantitative testing. The final chapter summarizes the state of knowledge about democratization and lays out an agenda for multimethod research.
Reviews about Democratization and Research Methods (Strategies for Social Inquiry) (4):
I_LOVE_228
So far the book seems a great introduction for someone approaching this vast literature, Coppedges distills things down into manageable conceptual frameworks and it's the first time I've seen someone bring it together with theory. Unfortunately the kindle version has poorly formatted tables which make them unusable. I'm trying to pursue the author and publishers for the tables but for now avoid the kindle version.
ME
I will not comment on the book itself, because I just started reading the material. It is for one of my classes this semester. However, be warned that the Kindle version of this book is messed up. 1) there are no page numbers. 2) tables are not placed in the correct places. 3) footnotes are formatted poorly. All in all, the Kindle book is almost unreadable and I would return it without hesitation only if I could... So do not buy the Kindle version.
Cordanius
As a graduate student in political science, this book was indispensable in my preparation for qualifying exams. It clearly and comprehensively presents the literature on democratization, but goes beyond a mere review to provide a framework for comparing the different methods and findings.

Now, post-quals, I still find myself referring back to it often. It's well organized with clear tables so you won't waste your time wading through irrelevant material to get at what you're interested in.

This book is a great investment as either an intro text or a handy reference.
Gashakar
Ian Shapiro, Yale:
Studying politics rigorously is hard, and studying democratization is especially so. Too often, political scientists respond to these challenges by retreating to small questions that can be studied with particular tools they are good at deploying. In this superb book, Michael Coppedge shows why this response is wrong-headed. But he does much more than this. He provides an up-to-date analysis of the major approaches to the study of democratization, makes a compelling case for addressing important problems of democratization with multiple methods, explains how different methods can be mutually complementary in the study of democratization, and lays out a bold research agenda for the future. The book should quickly become required reading in courses on democracy and democratization as well as an essential part in the methods training of the next generation of political scientists.

Wendy Hunter, Texas-Austin:
Democratization and Research Methods is a singularly comprehensive and impressive examination of the democratization literature through the lens of various methodological approaches. With extraordinary breadth and depth of understanding, Michael Coppedge sheds light on both the democratization and social science methods literatures.

Evan Lieberman, Princeton:
By weaving together the study of democratization with a guide to comparative research methods, Coppedge has provided a major contribution to the field. Students and seasoned scholars will appreciate the grand tour of major analytic approaches through the lens of a substantively critical question. This will be an invaluable tool for teaching.

Michael Ross, UCLA:
Coppedge takes us on a rich, methodologically sophisticated journal through some of the thorniest territory in political science--how nations become, and remain, democratically governed. Highly rewarding.

Jason Seawright, Northwestern:
Coppedge critically explores the contributions to social science knowledge about democratization made by different methodologies: case studies, formal theories, and statistical analysis. This book is argumentative in the best sense; the author uses his comprehensive knowledge of this research domain to build a serious case that our understanding of democratic transitions is held back by scholars' tendency to not fully engage with research techniques outside their own range of expertise.

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