Systematische kwalitatieve vergelijkende analyse | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 17, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 1385-1535
  • E-ISSN: 1875-7324


Systematic Qualitative Comparative Analysis

Systematic Qualitative Comparative Analysis

Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) was introduced in the social sciences by Charles Ragin in 1987. Literature on and applications of QCA show the method as a way to systematically organize, summarize and compare qualitative data to discover and analyze patterns occurring over cases. Although the literature stresses the importance of iterating between theory and data in its procedures, its grounded nature remains relatively underexposed. In this article we illustrate the principles of QCA by means of a qualitative comparative analysis of fourteen Dutch spatial planning projects, thereby also articulating the method’s grounded nature.


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