philosophy of science and logic of inquiry that can provide the framework for more informed choices about these methodological alternatives.
In this way, the foundation can be laid for an eclectic practice of small-N analysis that takes advantage of opportunities that present themselves on both sides of what could otherwise be a major intellectual divide.
This is a revised and expanded version of an article earlier published in Dankwart A. Rustow and Kenneth Paul Erickson, eds., Comparative Political Dynamics: Global Research Perspectives ( New York: Harper Collins, 1991). Permission to reprint granted by Harper Collins. Ruth Berins Collier, Kenneth Paul Erickson, Leonardo Morlina, Elizabeth Busbee, and Carol A. Medlin made particularly useful suggestions on earlier drafts. I also acknowledge comments from Christopher Achen, Stephen Collier, James Fearon, David Freedman, Deborah Norden, Robert Powell, Merrill Shanks, and Laura Stoker. Ada Finifter and two anonymous reviewers likewise made helpful comments. This research has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Social Science Research Council, and the Institute of Governmental Studies at Berkeley. Finally, I would like to note a very promising manuscript ( King, Verba, and Keohane 1992) that unfortunately came to my attention too late to be discussed in this chapter.
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