Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Comparative Policy Analysis
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Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Comparative Policy Analysis

Edited by B. Guy Peters and Guillaume Fontaine

Public policy research has become increasingly comparative over the past several decades, but the methodological issues involved in this research have not been discussed adequately. This Handbook provides a discussion of the fundamental methodological issues in comparative policy research, as well as descriptions and analyses of major techniques used for that research. The techniques discussed are both quantitative and qualitative, and all are embedded in the broader discussion of comparative research design.
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Chapter 13: Critical multiplism for comparative policy analysis

William N. Dunn and B. Guy Peters

Abstract

Most policy research is done using a single methodology and/or a single theoretical perspective. This chapter argues for adopting a ‘crucial multiplism’ in assessing relationships among presumed independent and dependent variables in social research in general, and especially in comparative analysis. The chapter also emphasizes the need to integrate quantitative and qualitative analyses of the same relationships in order to gain a more complete understanding of the relationships with the research field.

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