in: European political science, Volume 12, Issue 1, p. 20-30
ISSN: 1680-4333 (print), 1682-0983 (electronic)
Building on a Lakatosian approach that sees Social Science as an endeavour that confronts rival theories with systematic empirical observations, this article responds to probing questions that have been raised about the appropriate ways in which to conduct systematic process analysis and comparative enquiry. It explores varieties of process tracing, the role of interpretation in case studies, and the relationship between process tracing and comparative historical analysis. Adapted from the source document.