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Designing Social Inquiry

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Designing Social Inquiry: Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research (or KKV) is an influential 1994 book written by Gary King, Robert Keohane, and Sidney Verba that lays out guidelines for conducting qualitative research. The central thesis of the book is that qualitative and quantitative research share the same "logic of inference." The book primarily applies lessons from regression-oriented analysis to qualitative research, arguing that the same logics of causal inference can be used in both types of research. The text is often referred to as KKV within social science disciplines. The book has been the subject of intense debate among social scientists. The 2004 book Rethinking Social Inquiry, edited by Henry E. Brady and David Collier, is an influential summary of responses to KKV. History Robert Keohane recounts the origins of KKV as follows, Designing Social Inquiry was not generated by puzzles of world politics. In
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