Rethinking comparison: Innovative methods for qualitative political inquiry

Rethinking comparison: Innovative methods for qualitative political inquiry

Qualitative comparative methods – and specifically controlled qualitative comparisons – are central to the study of politics. They are not the only kind of comparison, though, that can help us better understand political processes and outcomes. Yet there are few guides for how to conduct non-controlled comparative research. A new volume edited by the speakers, Rethinking Comparison (Cambridge UP, 2021) brings together chapters from more than a dozen leading methods scholars from across the discipline of political science, including positivist and interpretivist scholars, qualitative methodologists, mixed-methods researchers, ethnographers, historians, and statisticians. In this seminar, the third in the  'Rethinking Interpretive Methods" series, hosted by the Interpretation, Method and Critique Network at ANU, Nicholas Rush Smith and Erica Simmons will speak to how their work revolutionizes qualitative research design by diversifying the repertoire of comparative methods available to students of politics, offering readers clear suggestions for what kinds of comparisons might be possible, why they are useful, and how to execute them. 

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Date & time

Fri 05 Nov 2021, 12–1pm



Erica Simmons (Wisconsin-Madison)
Nick Rush Smith (CUNY)

Event series


Nick Cheesman


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