Methodology and the Operationalisation of Variables

  • Philani Mthembu
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


This chapter introduces in a detailed manner the research methodology used for the analysis of the data on the disbursement of development cooperation from Southern powers in Africa. This chapter not only introduces qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) as the methodology used, but also outlines the data collection strategy that was followed and where the information on the different variables was actually sourced. The chapter thus opens the book to fellow researchers interested in the topic and eager to understand in a concise manner how the findings were reached. It operationalises the variables and makes the findings reached in the book transparent and replicable, while also discussing openly the assumptions made throughout.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philani Mthembu
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  1. 1.Institute for Global DialogueAssociated with the University of South Africa (UNISA)PretoriaSouth Africa

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