Process-Tracing Research Designs: A Practical Guide

Process-Tracing Research Designs: A Practical Guide

by Jacob I. Ricks, Singapore Management University and Amy H. LiuUniversity of Texas at Austin

Despite the popularity of process-tracing methods in social science research, instructions on developing effective process-tracing research designs are relatively sparse, especially when we consider teaching materials. In this essay, we provide a step-by-step practical guide for designing a process-tracing research project. Our discussion of process-tracing focuses on a checklist to facilitate its use by both researchers as well as students; indeed, our hope is that the essay helps political science teachers incorporate teaching process-tracing as part of both methods and substantive courses.

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PS: Political Science & PoliticsVolume 51 / Issue 4 / October 2018

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