Advances in Comparative-Historical Analysis

This book was made possible as a result of funding from the Buffett Institute and co-edited by faculty affiliate James Mahoney.

The print edition, released in 2015, was published by Cambridge University Press. An online edition is also available. 


Against the backdrop of an explosion of interest in new techniques for data collection and theory testing, this volume provides a fresh programmatic statement about comparative-historical analysis. It examines the advances and distinctive contributions that CHA has made to theory generation and the explanation of large-scale outcomes that newer approaches often regard as empirically intractable. An introductory essay locates the sources of CHA's enduring influence in core characteristics that distinguish this approach, such as its attention to process and its commitment to empirically grounded, deep case-based research. Subsequent chapters explore broad research programs inspired by CHA work, new analytic tools for studying temporal processes and institutional dynamics, and recent methodological tools for analyzing sequences and for combining CHA work with other approaches. This volume is essential reading for scholars seeking to learn about the sources of CHA's enduring influence and its contemporary analytical and methodological techniques.


Preface by James Mahoney and Kathleen Thelen

Part I - Introduction

Part II - Agenda Setting Work

Part III - Tools for temporal analysis

Part IV - Issues of Method

Epilogue: comparative-historical analysis: past, present, future by Wolfgang Streeck