European Political Science

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 157–169 | Cite as

Review symposium: multimethod research, causal mechanisms, and case studies

  • David Waldner
  • Jennifer Cyr
  • Kendra Koivu
  • Gary GoertzEmail author
Review Symposium


The use of multimethod research is becoming increasingly widespread in the social sciences, including political science, and it is part of a broader movement that has moved beyond the single focus on either qualitative or quantitative studies. In Multimethod Research, Causal Mechanisms, and Case Studies: An Integrated Approach, Gary Goertz lays out a comprehensive approach to multimethod research and to the use of case studies. The aim is to integrate qualitative and quantitative research—for instance through case studies—and to show the advantages of combining the two. Goertz does so by bringing together causal mechanisms, cross-case causal inference and within-case causal inference into what he calls the research triad of this integrated approach to social science research. In their reviews of Goertz’ book, David Waldner, Jennifer Cyr and Kendra Koivu take issues with particular aspects of Goertz’ case for multimethod and case study research, while also addressing larger methodological issues surrounding political science research.


Case studies Causality Gary Goertz Qualitative methods Quantitative methods 

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© European Consortium for Political Research 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Waldner
    • 1
  • Jennifer Cyr
    • 2
  • Kendra Koivu
    • 3
  • Gary Goertz
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of PoliticsUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA
  2. 2.School of Government and Public PolicyUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Political Science, MSC 05-30701 University of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA
  4. 4.Kroc Institute for International Peace StudiesUniversity of Notre DameNotre DameUSA

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