Introduction to Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)

21 Nov 2017 12:00
21 Nov 2017 14:00
Research Colloquium Speaker: 
Tom Delreux

 Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) is a configurational, set-theoretic research method, allowing researchers to systematically compare an intermediate number of cases. This lecture offers an introduction into QCA. It aims to make the participants familiar with specificities of QCA as an approach (its set-theoretic and configurational underpinnings) and to introduce the basics of QCA as a technique (the required research design and the different crisp-set, multi-value and fuzzy-set variants).

Tom Delreux is Professor of political science and EU politics at the Institut de sciences politiques Louvain-Europe (ISPOLE) at the Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve). His research interests include the EU's external relations, EU environmental policy, inter- and intra-institutional relations in the EU, and principal-agent modelling. He is the author of 'The EU as International Environmental Negotiator' (2011), 'The Foreign Policy of the EU' (2014), 'Environmental Policy and Politics in the European Union' (2016) and 'The Principal Agent Model and the European Union' (2017).

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