Qualitative Comparative Analysis

Qualitative Comparative Analysis

  • 21/10/2021
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Course details

qualitative seminar | level: beginner | register now
for questions related to this event, contact uhasselt@flames-statistics.com
affiliation: Hasselt University


Abstract

Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) is an analytical technique that allows for a systematic comparison of an intermediate to large number of cases on three to eight causal conditions. Hereby, it aims to identify the specific (combinations of) conditions under which the phenomenon under investigation (or outcome) occurs. In the thirty years since it was introduced by Charles Ragin, QCA has developed into a widely-used method in the social sciences. It has inter alia been applied to examine why democracy survived in some countries during the interbellum and broke down in others; under which conditions states participate in military operations; and why some governments are willing to engage in unpopular reform, whereas others shy away from this risk.

In this workshop, we concisely discuss the type of research questions that can be tackled with QCA. Subsequently, students get a short introduction to the basic concepts that are used in QCA: the central notions of necessity and sufficiency, multiple conjunctural causation, truth tables and Boolean algebra. Next, we go over the basic steps of the original crisp set version of QCA using a “real-life” example of a QCA-application. Lastly, the more sophisticated fuzzy set version of QCA is briefly introduced.


Prerequisites


Background readings


Fee

PhDs and postdocs of a Flemish University: free
Other academics: €60
Non-profit/social sector: €100
Private sector: €200


Venue

Campus Hasselt, Faculty of Law


Instructor

Tim Haesebrouck


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