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Comparative multilevel analysis: Proposal for a methodology
Department of Political Science, Åbo Akademi University, Åbo, Finland.
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Social Research Methodology, ISSN 1364-5579, E-ISSN 1464-5300, Vol. 13, no 1, 29-39 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents a new methodology for multilevel analysis using a small number of cases, named Comparative Multilevel Analysis (CMA). A classic problem in comparative studies has been the presence of too many variables and too few cases. One traditional solution to this problem has been to study subsystems within a system. However, the approach has fundamental limitations: it cannot analyse subsystems from different contexts, nor can it determine how conditions on the system level influence subsystems. By proposing four additions to traditional methodology, this article offers a new method of comparing subsystems from different contexts in order to analyse the effect of context on subsystems. The author also illustrates how CMA can be combined with Qualitative Comparative Analysis and Fuzzy‐set, thereby enabling these methods to be used in the study of subsystem and context effects.

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Routledge, 2010. Vol. 13, no 1, 29-39 p.
Keyword [en]
Comparative Methods; Multilevel Analysis; Small-N Methods; QCA; Fuzzy Set; Regional Analysis
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Political Science
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-48058DOI: 10.1080/13645570802583779ISI: 000274049000003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-75849125571OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-48058DiVA: diva2:901126
Available from: 2016-02-06 Created: 2016-02-06 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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