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Evidence-Based Policy Making in the Social SciencesMethods That Matter$
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Gerry Stoker and Mark Evans

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447329367

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447329367.001.0001

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Qualitative comparative analysis for reviewing evidence and making decisions

Qualitative comparative analysis for reviewing evidence and making decisions

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(p.83) Five Qualitative comparative analysis for reviewing evidence and making decisions
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Evidence-Based Policy Making in the Social Sciences
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Matt Ryan

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447329367.003.0006

This chapter looks at another technique that has grown in popularity – qualitative comparative analysis – in the social sciences to analyse situations with comparative rigour through access to medium-N. In this, the author explores the logic of Boolean and fuzzy set analysis and then explores any applications to policy learning identified. This chapter will offer an assessment of the limitations to the technique but also the enormous potential it holds.

Keywords:   qualitative comparative analysis, social sciences, Boolean, fuzzy set analysis, policy learning

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