Quality & Quantity

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Conjunctural causation in comparative case-oriented research

  • Jonathan P. Aus
Original Paper


This article highlights one of the major benefits of qualitative comparative methodology as applied within a “small-N” research design, namely its potential use for specifying the scope conditions of (theoretically competing) causal mechanisms. It is argued that the identification of set-theoretic relationships, multiple paths, and analytic efforts in typological mapping can make valuable contributions to the elaboration and further development of middle-range theory.


Comparative methodology Causal complexity Theory development Political science Social mechanisms Decision-making European Union 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ARENA—Centre for European StudiesUniversity of OsloBlindernNorway

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