Case Study Research: Putting the Quant Into the Qual

Colin Elman, John Gerring, James Mahoney

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Case studies are usually considered a qualitative method. However, some aspects of case study research—notably, the selection of cases—may be viewed through a quantitative template. In this symposium, we invite authors to contemplate the ways in which case study research might be conceived, and improved, by applying lessons from large-n cross-case research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)375-391
Number of pages17
JournalSociological Methods and Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016


  • case selection
  • case study
  • methodology
  • qualitative methods
  • quantitative methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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