I am interested in the methodology of quantitative political science (the statistical analysis of large datasets), and in the methodology of qualitative political science (interviewing political actors and studying documentary and archival evidence), and in the relationship between the two.
Between 2017 and 2022 I am running an European Research Council Starting Grant to study this question. Qualitative and Quantitative Social Science: Unifying the Logic of Causal Inference?
Two Types of Cause?
Some methodologists argue that the sort of causation that quantitative political scientists study is distinct from and independent of the sort of causation that qualitative political scientists study. I think there are reasons to disagree.
I am particularly interested in process tracing as a core qualitative method. I argue that extant accounts of process tracing fail to make clear what makes process tracing distinctive in comparison with econometric methods.