Researchers win internationally recognized prize

Derek Beach and Rasmus Brun Pedersen have won the 2012 SAGE Prize for best paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (APSA).

2011.09.01 | Andreas G. Jensby

Derek Beach and Rasmus Brun Pedersen have won the internationally recognized ‘2012 SAGE Prize’ for best paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (APSA) in 2011.

The prize-winning publication entitled “What is Process Tracing Actually Tracing: The Three Variants of Process Tracing and Their Uses and Limitations” is a condensed version of a larger piece of work, which will be published in December 2012 in the form of the book "Process Tracing Methods: Guidelines and Foundations". The book will be published by the internationally recognized American university publishing company University of Michigan Press.

In the course of the last three years, Derek Beach and Rasmus Brun Pedersen have co-operated on the development of the process-tracing method as well as on the methodological and design challenges related to studying causal interference in single-case studies. The aim of the co-operation has been to develop a coherent methodological approach to systematic analyses of causal mechanisms in case studies.

Developing the process-tracing method plays a central role in qualitative methodology development, in connection with which there has been an increasing interest to develop methods and designs for analysing causal relations in case analyses.

The prize has been awarded for the paper’s significant contribution to qualitative method, and the additional work with the book has helped set the international agenda for qualitative methodology development.

The prize will be awarded at the APSA Annual Meeting at the end of August 2012 in New Orleans.

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