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Case-Based Research and Causal Case Study Designs (ONLINE)

January 6 & 7, 2021 (8:00am - 11:00am)
with Dr. Derek Beach,
Professor of Political Science, University of Aarhus, Denmark

SPSA - ONLINE 2021 | All times are in CST
Date & time
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 –
Thursday, January 7, 2021
8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Dr. Derek Beach,
Professor of Political Science, University of Aarhus, Denmark


Participants must register to attend: Register here


SPSA Conference 2021
*Registered participants will also have access to all workshop recordings until March 15th 2021


This two session workshop will give participants a working knowledge of both comparative and within-case designs that can be used in their own research.

The first session starts with an introduction to the core tenets of case-based research, elaborating on the implications of taking complexity and context seriously. This is followed by an introduction to comparative designs in case-based research.

The second session focuses on within-case methods, in particular process-tracing case study methods. In this session, we first discuss the nature of mechanistic causal claims, after which we discuss mechanistic evidence and how it can be collected. The session concludes with an introduction to how cross-case and within-case methods can be combined in a case-based design.

During the workshop, there will be time to discuss participants' own ongoing research.


Workshop Outline & Suggested Readings

Wednesday, January 6

Session 1
8:00am - 11:00am
  1. Introduction to case-based research
  2. Comparative designs in case-based research


Thursday, January 7

Session 2
8:00am - 11:00am
  1. Within-case methods
  2. Combining within-case and across-case methods


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