Politics, Science, Political Science

Professor for Qualitative Methods, Political Science

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Gap-filling, puzzle-solving and replication in empirical research

A common justification of empirical research is that a gap in the literature needs to be filled. I have seen this reasoning in all kinds of papers and presentations by Master students, PhD researchers, Postdocs and professors (probably the less, the more advanced the academic career is). It is not wrong to justify a study with gap-filling, but it is...

Gap-filling, puzzle-solving and replication in empirical research

A common justification of empirical research is that a gap in the literature needs to be filled. I have seen this reasoning in all kinds of papers and presentations by Master students, PhD researchers, Postdocs and professors (probably the less, the more advanced the academic career is). It is not wrong to justify a study with gap-filling, but it is...

Theoretically non-exclusive hypotheses in Bayesian process tracing

Inspired by an email exchange I had with someone on theoretically non-exclusive hypotheses in Bayesian process tracing, I believed it might be useful to write down some thoughts in a blog post. It ended up as a PDF on Github because it has a minor R element and formal notation.

Theoretically non-exclusive hypotheses in Bayesian process tracing

Inspired by an email exchange I had with someone on theoretically non-exclusive hypotheses in Bayesian process tracing, I believed it might be useful to write down some thoughts in a blog post. It ended up as a PDF on Github because it has a minor R element and formal notation.

“Context” is important, but (almost) useless if used as a causal category

When making causal (or descriptive) inferences, it is important to think about the context within which the causal relationship is expected to hold because it probably does not hold universally and, possibly, only in a limited setting. Falleti and Lynch have written an excellent article about “context” (I drop the “” now) in relation with causal mechanisms....

“Context” is important, but (almost) useless if used as a causal category

When making causal (or descriptive) inferences, it is important to think about the context within which the causal relationship is expected to hold because it probably does not hold universally and, possibly, only in a limited setting. Falleti and Lynch have written an excellent article about “context” (I drop the “” now) in relation with causal mechanisms....

Correlation vs causation: The case of competitive funding and research quality

On September 27, the German Science Foundation (DFG) announced its decision to award the status of a research cluster of excellence (Exzellenzcluster) to 57 cluster proposals from all disciplines. This was the first step of its so-called excellence strategy, (Exzellenzstrategie/ExStra, formerly known as the Exzellenzinitiative/ExIni). Each cluster receives...

Correlation vs causation: The case of competitive funding and research quality

On September 27, the German Science Foundation (DFG) announced its decision to award the status of a research cluster of excellence (Exzellenzcluster) to 57 cluster proposals from all disciplines. This was the first step of its so-called excellence strategy, (Exzellenzstrategie/ExStra, formerly known as the Exzellenzinitiative/ExIni). Each cluster receives...

The COMPASSS statement and QCA solution types

About two weeks ago, COMPASSS issued a Statement on Rejecting Article Submissions because of QCA Solution Type. In short, the reasoning was that methodological work on QCA is developing and that reviewers and editors should not judge empirical work based on whether one particular solution type is interpreted as causal. (Disclosure: I am a member of...

The COMPASSS statement and QCA solution types

About two weeks ago, COMPASSS issued a Statement on Rejecting Article Submissions because of QCA Solution Type. In short, the reasoning was that methodological work on QCA is developing and that reviewers and editors should not judge empirical work based on whether one particular solution type is interpreted as causal. (Disclosure: I am a member of...

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