The design-based revolution in comparative politics

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Kenny, Paul. (2017). The design-based revolution in comparative politics. In In N. Farrelly, A. King and M. Wesley and H. White (Ed.). Muddy Boots and Smart Suits: Researching Asia-Pacific Affairs pp. 59 - 72 ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. https://doi.org/10.1355/9789814459792-006
AuthorsKenny, Paul
EditorsN. Farrelly, A. King and M. Wesley and H. White
Abstract

Is aerial bombardment an effective counter-insurgency tactic? Do immigrants depress local wages? Does the presence of natural resources harm democratic consolidation? Answering questions such as these requires the uncovering of general patterns of cause and effect. Social scientists have been attempting to put this search for causal inference on a sure philosophical and methodological footing at least since Émile Durkheim’s pioneering research on suicide in the nineteenth century, but progress has been slow, coming in fits and starts. Even the diffusion of computing technology and the modelling revolution it brought about did not solve the problem. However, the last decade or so has seen one of the most exciting developments in the history of causal inference in the social sciences for generations.

Page range59 - 72
Year2017
Book titleMuddy Boots and Smart Suits: Researching Asia-Pacific Affairs
PublisherISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
Place of publicationSingapore
ISBN9789814459792
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1355/9789814459792-006
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85058318403
Research GroupInstitute for Humanities and Social Sciences
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