Invented by Charles Ragin in the late 1980s, QCA offers an alternative to conventional statistical methods based on the analysis of set-theoretic relationships and is suitable for small-, medium-, and large-N studies. Its multi-use makes QCA therefore an important tool when studying regional powers. It can even be combined with other methods and extended
to a mixed research methodology like PRIMO adopts it.
This method workshop offers a comprehensive introduction to QCA as an approach and method from a conceptual and technical perspective. It will describe the method, connect it to theories and reflect on the process of knowledge production. This will allow examining its strengths and weaknesses, discussing recent developments and extensions, suggesting best
practices for conducting and presenting QCA, and recommending resources for further study. Additionally, software for conducting QCA will be reviewed and demonstrated.
The workshop will consist of 5 master classes delivered by QCA experts. The structure of a master class allows for an intense exchange between lecture and participants. Next to transferring knowledge through lectures and class work the individual projects can be discussed and the learned can be applied straight away to research topics in the field of regional power studies.
Participants need to register until 15 March 2015! Please register via e-mail with Laura Freitag and attach the filled in registration sheet.