A comparative case analysis for a qualitative research



The aim of the following paper is to propose a research design by using comparative case analysis as a part of qualitative research for the study entitled, “The impact of political polarization on American economy from 2007 to present”. The research design has been formulated by employing the study guides by Burnham, Gilland, and Grant (2008) as well as Kellstedt and Whitten (2013).

Research Methodology

Case Study Analysis

An in-depth comparative case study analysis will be undertaken using the two chosen case studies including Duca and Saving (2014) and Bartel (2013). The cases will be evaluated for a number of themes that will be evaluated using coding method.

Thematic Analysis and Coding

The themes that will be focused to prove the hypothesis include mendate of the political party, inclusion of financial budgeting, response to the financial crisis and debt that the political party had left for the upcoming government.

Outstanding DebtRD

The codes will allow the researcher to sort the literature and undertake an anaysis. The coding will not be done by employing a software. It will rather be employed using excel sheet. The coding indicates an equal number of cases to be conisdered for evaluation. For instance, the 20% of literature review needs to cover the first set of codes (Kellstedt & Whitten, 2013).

Baiss of Analysis

The research approach to be employed is  comparative case study analysis which remains effective for gaining a wider perspective on the subject matter. It wil solely help the researchers in gaining insight concerning political polarization from various standpoints. In addition, the empirical part of the research will be drawn by gaing figurative data gathered using codes.

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  1. Bartel, L. (2013). Political Effects of the Great Depression. Center of the Studu of Democrats Institutions, 1-46.
  2. Burnham, P., Gilland, K., & Grant, W. (2008). Research Methods in Politics (Political Analysis) 1st ed. 2008 Edition. New York: Palgrave.
  3. Duca, J. V., & Saving, J. L. (2014). Income Inequality and Political Polarization: Time Series Evidence Over Nine Decades. Dallas: Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
  4. Kellstedt, P. M., & Whitten, G. (2013). The Fundamentals of Political Science Research. London: Cambridge University Press.
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