By Prof. Dr. Joachim Blatter, Dr Markus Haverland
The authors discover 3 ways of carrying out causal research in case stories. They draw on proven practices in addition to on fresh ideas in case research method and combine those insights into coherent ways. They spotlight the middle positive aspects of every strategy and supply suggestion on each one step of the study strategy.
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As a result, a crucial step in this research approach is the process of transforming the information that we ﬁnd ‘out there’ in the social world into scores for individual variables. Compared with large-N studies, the COV approach makes it much easier to apply indicators in a context-sensitive way, which means that nominally different states of the social world (for example, number of parties in a parliament) can be treated as functionally equivalent (for example, for the concept of ‘competition’), and nominally equal states can be scored differently.
Objectivity arises from criticizing and comparing rival webs of interpretation about agreed facts. (Bevir and Rhodes 2002 : 141–2) For us, Critical Theory, understood as an epistemological stance, is an approach that is critical with respect to the dominant theories in a ﬁeld 12 Designing Case Studies of research, and compares the relative merits of established or even hegemonic theories with other theories by using these theories as competing interpretative frameworks for making sense out of a broad and diverse cluster of empirical information about social processes and outcomes.
Do institutional veto points reduce the degree of adaptation of national policy goals and policy styles to EU requirements (Haverland 2000)? The common thread in the research questions stated above is their interest in the effect of a certain factor or independent variable. This approach to case study research can be labeled X-centered,1 where X in our running examples is the political opportunity structure and veto points. This approach to research is compatible with practically oriented as well as theoretically oriented research interests.