In this Research Masterclass session, Professor Andrew Bennett of Georgetown University will cover the general principles of case study research design, including:
1) developing a great research question;
2) identifying alternative explanations for the outcomes of the cases in the population of interest;
3) specifying the independent variables of the alternative explanations;
4) identifying the observable implications of the alternative explanations for subsequent process tracing once the evidence is collected; and,
5) selecting the cases for study.
By the end of the session, participants will understand case study methods and be able to create designs for case study research.
Professor Bennett teaches courses on the American foreign policy process, international relations theory, and qualitative research methods at Georgetown University. He has a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and has been a fellow at the international relations research centers at Stanford and Harvard Universities. Professor Bennett is the co-author, with Alexander L. George, of "Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences" (MIT Press 2005), which won the Giovanni Sartori Prize for the best book on qualitative methods, and he is President and co-founder of the Consortium on Qualitative Research Methods. Professor Bennett has served as an advisor on foreign policy issues for several Democratic Presidential candidates since 1984, and as a consultant to the US intelligence community, the Department of Defense, and the World Bank.
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