ECPR Summer School
Central European University, Budapest
26 July - 10 August 2018




SS02 - Seasoned Scholars Workshop: Multi-Method Designs, Case-oriented and Comparative Methods

Instructor Details

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Benoît Rihoux

Institution:
Université catholique de Louvain

Instructor Bio

Benoît Rihoux is a full professor of political science, whose research interests include political parties, new social movements, organisational studies, political change, and policy processes.

He is manager of the COMPASSS international research group on comparative methods, in the development and refinement of which he plays a leading role, bringing together scholars from Europe, North America and Japan in particular.

Benoît is a convenor of international methods initiatives more generally, and has published Innovative Comparative Methods for Policy Analysis: Beyond the Quantitative-Qualitative Divide (Springer/Kluwer, ed. with Heike Grimm 2006) and Configurational Comparative Methods: Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and Related Techniques (Sage, ed. with Charles Ragin 2009).

He has published extensively on systematic comparative methods (QCA in particular) and their applications in diverse fields – especially policy- and management-related – with interdisciplinary teams.
 

Teaching assistant Ioana-Elena (Nena) Oana is a final stage PhD Researcher in Comparative Politics at CEU, where she is working on policy responsiveness to collective mobilisation.

She is the main developer of the R package SetMethods used for Set-Theoretic Multi-Method Research and Advanced QCA. Nena has extensive experience in teaching applied QCA using R, having assisted on the ECPR Summer and Winter School QCA courses for the past five years.

Besides research methodology, Nena's main research interests also include political participation and representation, political behaviour, and political psychology.

  @NenaOana


Course Dates and Times

Thursday 26 July

13:30-15:00 / 15:30-17:00

Friday 27 July and Saturday 28 July

09:00-10:30 / 11:00-12:30 and 13:30-15:00 / 15:30-17:00

Short Outline

This workshop, tailored for scholars with significant research experience beyond the PhD and organised on a flexible basis to meet their specific needs, covers a broad range of case-oriented methods and designs (single case studies, process tracing, ‘thick’ binary comparisons, etc…), comparative methods and designs (small-N comparisons, intermediate-N comparison across multiple cases, Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and neighbouring methods, typology-building, etc…), and ‘mixed’/multi-methods designs combining qualitative, comparative and/or quantitative methods.

Long Course Outline

Who should take this workshop?

Scholars with significant research experience beyond the PhD. Typical research methods needs / challenges you might face include:

  • writing up the methods section of a research project
  • choosing the appropriate method(s) for a funded project
  • arbitrating between methodological options
  • updating your knowledge of recent evolutions in methods applicable to your field
  • troubleshooting your own methods use
  • learning which methods experts to contact for what
  • getting advice on methods training for your team members
  • receiving feedback on a syllabus you are putting together
  • getting advice on methodological topics in existing syllabi.

We recognise that time is scarce for seasoned scholars like you. This workshop offers you a time-efficient formula to get tailored advice from senior methodologists.

Workshop structure

Phase 1

March–June 2018 – input phase, registration and confirmation of the workshop

To take part, email Benoît  before Monday 7 May (though the earlier the better) with a list of core questions or problems you currently face. Benoît will then tailor this workshop to your needs.

Registration closes on Thursday 31 May; first come, first served. To guarantee best-quality advice and peer-to-peer interaction, we will take a maximum of nine participants.

Workshop confirmation no later than Monday 4 June.

Phase 2

The workshop, 26 – 28 July; 15 hours over three days

Seasoned Scholar Workshop 02 takes place in parallel with Seasoned Scholar Workshop 01, a quantitative methods workshop taught by CEU’s Tamás Rudas

If both Workshops are confirmed, and should it meet with the participants' needs, we will convene a common session involving Tamás and Benoît, their Teaching Assistants and participants from all workshops.

Benoît will organise each day’s schedule flexibly, around participants’ needs. The workshop will involve group discussions / Q&A sessions around each participant’s personal projects, as well as discussions on overarching methodological issues. There will be ample time for one-to-one meetings with Benoît and his TA. 

You can book at least one appointment with the other Seasoned Scholar Workshop instructor Tamás, and you’ll have the chance to talk informally with other methods experts over dinner on the final day.

Catering

  • Lunch + coffee/tea/soft drinks/light snacks provided on all three days
  • Informal dinner on day 1 (teaching staff & workshop participants)
  • Informal dinner on day 3 (teaching staff & workshop participants, plus ECPR Methods School instructors selected for their expertise in topics directly relevant to participants)

Phase 3

August–October 2018 – additional guidance, if needed

Benoît and his Teaching Assistant will remain available for up to four Skype appointments per participant. You are also welcome to email them for further guidance.

Additional Information

Disclaimer

The information contained in this course description form may be subject to subsequent adaptations (e.g. taking into account new developments in the field, specific participant demands, group size etc.). Registered participants will be informed in due time in case of adaptations.

Note from the Academic Convenors

By registering to this course, you certify that you possess the prerequisite knowledge that is requested to be able to follow this course. The instructor will not teach these prerequisite items. If you are not sure if you possess this knowledge to a sufficient level, we suggest you contact the instructor before you proceed with your registration.


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