Quality & Quantity

, Volume 47, Issue 5, pp 2847–2867 | Cite as

Contradictions in fsQCA

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Abstract

The lack of support for contradictions in fsQCA limits the method’s usefulness for conducting inductive research. In this paper, I describe how to extend fsQCA to accommodate contradictory conditions. I review kirq (Reichert and Rubinson 2011), a new software package for QCA that includes support for fuzzy-set contradictions. For researchers using software that does not support fuzzy-set contradictions, I describe how to identify them by hand.

Keywords

Qualitative comparative analysis Fuzzy sets Contradictions Comparative research Kirq 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesUniversity of Houston–DowntownHoustonUSA

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