© 2006

Innovative Comparative Methods for Policy Analysis

Beyond the Quantitative-Qualitative Divide

  • Benoît Rihoux
  • Heike Grimm

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Benoît Rihoux, Heike Grimm
      Pages 1-9
  3. Systematic Comparative Case Studies: Design, Methods and Measures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Charles C. Ragin
      Pages 13-41
    3. David Levi-Faur
      Pages 43-66
    4. Gisèle De Meur, Peter Bursens, Alain Gottcheiner
      Pages 67-94
    5. Sakura Yamasaki, Astrid Spreitzer
      Pages 95-120
  4. Innovative Comparative Methods to Analyze Policy-Making Processes: Applications

  5. Innovative Comparative Methods for Policy Implementation and Evaluation: Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Frédéric Varone, Benoît Rihoux, Axel Marx
      Pages 213-236
    3. Barbara Befani, Fritz Sager
      Pages 263-284
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 285-285
    2. Benoît Rihoux, Heike Grimm
      Pages 287-296
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 297-344

About this book


Innovative Comparative Methods for Policy Analysis aims to provide a decisive push to the further development and application of innovative and specific comparative methods for the improvement of policy analysis. To take on this challenge, this volume brings together methodologists and specialists from a broad range of social scientific disciplines and policy fields.

The work further develops methods for systematic comparative cases analysis in a small-N research design, with a key emphasis laid on policy-oriented applications. Innovative Comparative Methods for Policy Analysis is clearly both a social scientific and policy-driven endeavor; on the one hand, the book engages in an effort to further improve social scientific methods, but on the other hand this effort also intends to provide useful, applied tools for policy analysts and the ‘policy community’ alike. Though quite a variety of methods and techniques are touched upon in this volume, its focus is mainly laid on two recently developed research methods/techniques which enable researchers to systematically compare a limited number of cases; Qualitative Comparative Analysis(QCA) and Fuzzy-Sets (FS).


Diversity Evaluation QCA economic growth entrepreneur entrepreneurship policy-making sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • Benoît Rihoux
    • 1
  • Heike Grimm
    • 2
  1. 1.Université catholique de LouvainBelgium
  2. 2.University of Erfurt and Max Planck Institute of EconomicsJenaGermany

Bibliographic information