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With, Without, or Against the State?How European Regions Play the Brussels Game$
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Michaël Tatham

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198758624

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198758624.001.0001

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Qualitative Design and Data

Qualitative Design and Data

(p.110) 4 Qualitative Design and Data
With, Without, or Against the State?

Michaël Tatham

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 describes the mix of qualitative comparative methods used to analyse the case study data. First, a diachronic, most similar systems’ design is outlined in the form of a quasi-experimental set-up. The UK is analysed longitudinally—albeit over a relatively short period of time—to assess the impact of the devolution measures introduced in 1998–9 (Experiment I) and of the change of government in Edinburgh in May 2007 (Experiment II), while preference intensity configurations are alternatively modified across policy areas. Second, a synchronic, most similar systems’ design is outlined in the form of comparative statics where, in a series of ‘conceptual experiments’ (Lake and Powell, 1999), the impact of devolution, preference intensity, and party political configurations is formally assessed. The case studies selected to cover all combinations of values on the independent variables are Scotland, Salzburg, Rhône-Alpes, and Alsace.

Keywords:   Qualitative methods, case study, most similar systems’ design, Method of Difference, quasi-experiment, conceptual experiment, Strategic Choice Approach

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