On holidays…

… I will be out touring the U.S.A. Southwest and Rocky Mountains the coming weeks, hiking in Grand Canyon, Zion, Arches and Yellowstone National Parks. These are my first post-Ph.D. summer holidays! Something I have been looking forward to for quite some time.

post-holiday up-date:
picture taken on the road to Grand Canyon National Park from Las Vegas.

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ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques 2017

I’ll be offering the second week course on Process Tracing Methodology at the upcoming ECPR Summer School for Methods and Techniques Aug 7-11 at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.

Process Tracing Methodology II – Evidence and Empirical Testing in Practice
This course is a more practical, hands-on course in using Process Tracing (PT) methods in one’s own research. It complements the theoretical PT I Summer School course held in the first week, as well as the introductory course taught at the Winter School in Bamberg.

The course focuses on how we can use within-case evidence to make causal inferences about mechanisms. The course starts with an introduction to how we can make causal inferences using Bayesian logic, i.e. when we have no variation upon which to make inferences. We then turn to the practicalities of empirical testing and making causal inferences in days 2 and 3, focusing on how we can strengthen the inferences we can make by improving the empirical tests that we employ in our research. We will work on this topic using a combination of analysis of existing work and tests developed based on your own research. Day 4 discusses inductive theory-building using PT. The final day discusses how we can utilize PT in practical case study research.

The course requires active participation. It is expected that participants are able to use parts of their own research in the exercises and group work during the course

For more information and the full course outline: more information.