"This splendidly original work . . . will become an epistemological landmark appreciated by many different schools of thought that have wrestled with the methodological problems Ragin raises and answers."--Daniel Chirot, University of Washington "Charles Ragin has produced a well-argued and highly provocative contribution to the growing literature on methods of comparative and historical sociology. While not everyone will agree, all will learn from this book. The result will be to intensify the dialogue between theory and evidence in comparative research, furthering a fruitful symbiosis of 'quantitative' and 'qualitative' methods."--Theda Skocpol, Harvard UniversityRagin, Charles C. is the author of 'Comparative Method Moving Beyond Qualitative and Quantitative Strategies', published 1989 under ISBN 9780520066182 and ISBN 0520066189.