Advanced Issues in Set-Theoretic Methods and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)

Carsten Schneider, Central European University


The purpose of the advanced module is fourfold: (1) to re-visit and further practice the software implementation of the core points of QCA addressed in module 1 (calibration, tests of necessity and sufficiency, truth tables, parameters of fit); (2) to elaborate on further issues that arise when neat formal logical tools and concepts, in particular the issues of limited diversity and the challenge to make good counterfactuals on so-called logical remainders; (3) to get better acquainted with the standards of good practice, both in its fundamental aspects and in using the relevant software programmes; and (4) to spell out from a set-theoretic point of view general methodological issues, such as multi-method research, robustness tests, theory evaluation, and panel data analysis.


This course runs January 22-26,2018.


Marcos Campos, University of São Paulo


Carsten Schneider, Central European University


Topic 1. Enhanced Standard Analysis
- How to avoid untenable assumptions on logical remainders 

Topic 2. Set-Theoretic Multi-Method Research
- How to select cases after a QCA
- How to make use of the insights gained from these (comparative) within-case analyses

Topic 3. Set-Theoretic Theory Evaluation
- How to evaluate existing theories in light of results generated with QCA

Topic 4. Robustness
-How to assess robustness in set-theoretic methods
-Robustness against what
-Simulations as one tool for robustness tests

Topic 5. Inclusion of Time Dimension
- The inclusion of time into set-theoretic analyses (panel data, causal chains etc.)