Outdated views of qualitative methods: Time to move on

David Collier*, Henry E. Brady, Jason Seawright

*Corresponding author for this work

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Both qualitative and quantitative research routinely fall short, producing misleading causal inferences. Because these weaknesses are in part different, we are convinced that multimethod strategies are productive. Each approach can provide additional leverage that helps address shortcomings of the other. This position is quite distinct from that of Beck, who believes that the two types of analysis cannot be adjoined. We review examples of adjoining that Beck dismisses, based on what we see as his outdated view of qualitative methods. By contrast, we show that these examples demonstrate how qualitative and quantitative analysis can work together.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)506-513
Number of pages8
JournalPolitical Analysis
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 2 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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