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Integrating cross-case analyses and process tracing in set-theoretic research: Strategies and parameters of debate

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Integrating cross-case analyses and process tracing in set-theoretic research: Strategies and parameters of debate. / Beach, Derek; Rohlfing, Ingo.

I: Sociological Methods & Research, Bind 47, Nr. 1, 2018, s. 3-36.

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Beach, Derek ; Rohlfing, Ingo. / Integrating cross-case analyses and process tracing in set-theoretic research: Strategies and parameters of debate. I: Sociological Methods & Research. 2018 ; Bind 47, Nr. 1. s. 3-36

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