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Paradigms and Sand Castles
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Paradigms and Sand Castles demonstrates the relationship between thoughtful research design and the collection of persuasive evidence in support of theory. It teaches the craft of research through interesting and carefully selected examples from the field of comparative development studies. Barbara Geddes is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1. Research Design and the Accumulation of Knowledge
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. 2. Big Questions, Little Answers: How the Questions You Choose Affect the Answers You Get
  2. pp. 27-88
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  1. 3. How the Cases You Choose Affect the Answers You Get: Selection Bias and Related Issues
  2. pp. 89-129
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  1. 4. How the Evidence You Use Affects the Answers You Get: Rigorous Use of the Evidence Contained in Case Studies
  2. pp. 131-173
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  1. 5. How the Approach You Choose Affects the Answers You Get: Rational Choice and Its Uses in Comparative Politics
  2. pp. 175-211
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  1. 6. Conclusion
  2. pp. 213-223
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  1. Appendix A: Classification Scheme for Coding Authoritarian Regimes
  2. pp. 225-232
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  1. Appendix B: Labor Repression Coding
  2. pp. 233-246
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  1. Appendix C: Coding Scheme for Test of the Lipset and Rokkan Freezing Hypotheses
  2. pp. 247-288
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 289-306
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 307-314
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