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APSA Qualitative Transparency Deliberations (QTD)

From Carsten Schneider:

As you may know, APSA’s Qualitative and Multi-Method Research section is currently running a deliberative process about research transparency for qualitative empirical scholarship. The QTD is a broadly inclusive process through which a wide range of qualitative communities are thinking through the meaning, costs, benefits, and practicalities of transparency for the types of inquiry in which they engage. At the end of the process, the QTD Working Groups will produce a set of statements that articulate understandings and practices of research transparency that are relevant for different forms and contexts of qualitative research. These statements will be an invaluable resource for a wide range of constituencies grappling with issues of research transparency, from journal editors to researchers and graduate students.

From now until Dec. 1, the QTD Working Groups — each of which is focused on a particular method or context of qualitative research — are consulting with scholars who use and are knowledgeable about that form of inquiry. I am a member of the Working Group on “Algorithmic Analytic Approaches”, which covers both QCA and automated content analysis. It would be enormously valuable to get your thoughts on some of the issues our Group is considering. We have posted some specific questions on the Group’s discussion forum, which is here:

To post “on the record,” if you’re not already registered on the site, please first fill out the very short registration form, here: “

We are very keen to hear your thoughts. I’m also happy to have a one-on-one email exchange or Skype call about these issues if that would be more convenient for you. The main thing is to get your input as we think through the meaning and practice of transparency for set-theoretic comparative methods.

Monograph on Case Study Analysis & QCA

Dave Garson (North Carolina State University) is seeking comments on a monograph he is finalizing, “Case Study Analysis & QCA.” The monograph is 130pp, two-thirds of which is on QCA using fsQCA software with worked examples, and is intended as an introductory graduate-level text. If interested in reviewing it and commenting, please contact Dr. Garson at, who will send you the current draft and later the final version. Reviewers may use it in classes, as long as it is not posted to the internet. The final monograph will be distributed free in pdf form and at low cost ($5) in Kindle format.

Journals friendly to QCA

As a by-product of [his] work as the management board member of COMPASSS responsible for the bibliography, [Alrik Thiem] has published a blog entry on [his] personal website that presents a ranking of QCA-friendly journals. If you want to know at which journals your risk of being rejected because of the method you have employed should be relatively low, you might want to check out this table.

Carsten Schneider and Kristin Makszin win article of the year award

This year, the 2014 Article of the Year Award of the journal Socio-Economic Review was given to Carsten Schneider and Kristin Makszin for their article “Forms of Welfare Capitalism and Education-Based Participatory Inequality, Socio-Economic Review 12(2): 437-462″. In this article, QCA is used to analyze whether the degree of political inequality between social groups is shaped by features of the welfare capitalist system. We congratulate the authors!

Call for submissions: Special issue of Quality & Quantity

Domingo Ribeiro Soriano (University of Valencia, Spain), Kun Huang Huarng (Feng Chia University, Taiwan) and Norat Roig-Tierno (Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain) organize a Special Section Issue titled “Configurational Comparative Research Methodologies” in the journal Quality & Quantity. The Special Section Issue seeks to provide a forum for topical issues that demonstrate the usefulness of configurational comparative research methodologies. A description of the method, its empirical applications, and potential methodological advances that increase its usefulness in research and practice will be emphasized. Submissions should be made using Editorial Manager (authors must say in a cover note that their paper is intended for the Special Section Issue). The deadline for submissions is 15 December 2015.

Publications in Quality & Quantity

Four methodological contributions on Qualitative Comparative Analysis fully published in Quality & Quantity: “Contextual Analyses with QCA-Methods” by Thomas Denk and Sarah Lehtinen; “But not Both: The Exclusive Disjunction in Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)” by Ursula Hackett; “Parameters of Fit and Intermediate Solutions in Multi-Value Qualitative Comparative Analysis” by Alrik Thiem and “Parsimony and Causality” by Michael Baumgartner. Three further QCA articles as advance online publications: “Analyzing Multilevel Data with QCA: Yet Another Straightforward Procedure” by Alrik Thiem; “ Analysing Necessity and Sufficiency with Qualitative Comparative Analysis: How do Results Vary as Case Weights Change?” by Barry Cooper and Judith Glaesser; and “ Why Simulations are Appropriate for Evaluating Qualitative Comparative Analysis” by Ingo Rohlfing.

Patrick Mello wins best dissertation award

This year, the German Political Science Association has awarded its price for the best dissertation to Patrick Mello for his book Democratic Participation in Armed Conflict. Military Involvement in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. In this work, QCA is used to answer the question of when democracies participate in military operations, and under which conditions they abstain. Please see our Books section for more details. We congratulate Patrick on this great achievement!