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Towards a comparative analysis of democratic innovations: lessons from a small-N fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis

Towards a comparative analysis of democratic innovations: lessons from a small-N fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis
Towards a comparative analysis of democratic innovations: lessons from a small-N fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis
While there has been a proliferation of academic interest in ‘democratic innovations’, most empirical analysis tends to rely on single case studies. Very little attention has been given to the comparative analysis of innovations, in particular the conditions under which they emerge and are sustained. Recent studies of participatory budgeting (PB) have begun to utilise cross-case analysis in an attempt to explain divergent outcomes. This paper argues that the comparative analysis of democratic innovations could be enhanced significantly through the application of the relatively novel technique of fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA). A small-N study of PBs is offered to identify the potential (and pitfalls) of using fsQCA to evaluate the conditions under which such an innovation is institutionalised effectively
0034-9712
89-120
Ryan, Matt
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Smith, G.
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Ryan, Matt
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Ryan, Matt and Smith, G. (2012) Towards a comparative analysis of democratic innovations: lessons from a small-N fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis. Revista Internacional de Sociologia, 70 (Extra 2), 89-120. (doi:10.3989/ris.2012.01.28).

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While there has been a proliferation of academic interest in ‘democratic innovations’, most empirical analysis tends to rely on single case studies. Very little attention has been given to the comparative analysis of innovations, in particular the conditions under which they emerge and are sustained. Recent studies of participatory budgeting (PB) have begun to utilise cross-case analysis in an attempt to explain divergent outcomes. This paper argues that the comparative analysis of democratic innovations could be enhanced significantly through the application of the relatively novel technique of fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA). A small-N study of PBs is offered to identify the potential (and pitfalls) of using fsQCA to evaluate the conditions under which such an innovation is institutionalised effectively

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Published date: December 2012
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 361256
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/361256
ISSN: 0034-9712
PURE UUID: 3e018bcb-e28d-4a0f-b631-657476298d28
ORCID for Matt Ryan: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8693-5063

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Date deposited: 16 Jan 2014 12:00
Last modified: 08 Jan 2022 03:11

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Author: Matt Ryan ORCID iD
Author: G. Smith

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