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The Analytic Narrative Project

Bates, Robert H. and Grief, Avner and Levi, Margaret and Rosenthal, Jean-Laurent and Weingast, Barry R. (2000) The Analytic Narrative Project. American Political Science Review, 94 (3). pp. 696-702. ISSN 0003-0554.

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In Analytic Narratives, we attempt to address several issues. First, many of us are engaged in in-depth case studies, but we also seek to contribute to, and to make use of, theory. How might we best proceed? Second, the historian, the anthropologist, and the area specialist possess knowledge of a place and time. They have an understanding of the particular. How might they best employ such data to create and test theories that may apply more generally? Third, what is the contribution of formal theory? What benefits are, or can be, secured by formalizing verbal accounts? In recent years, King, Keohane, and Verba (1994) and Green and Shapiro (1994) have provoked debate over these and related issues. In Analytic Narratives, we join in the methodological discussions spawned by their contributions.

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Additional Information:© 2000 American Political Science Association. We wish to also thank a number of people who gave us very helpful comments as we thought about how best to respond.: Yoram Barzel, David Epstein, Michael Hechter, John Freejohn, Bryan Jones, Jim Johnson, Edgar Kiser, Jack Knight, David Laitin, Mark Lichbach, Douglass North, Sunita Parikh, and several anonymous reviewers.
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