18th Annual ESPAnet Conference 2021

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


Stream 27. Methodologies for Comparative Social Policy Analysis
In this stream we look at current innovation in comparative social policy analysis and we take stock of developments over the past half century, building on our review of the field commissioned by OSC, Sciences Po. Regressions techniques were foundational and continue to proliferate. Today, however, we see a growing interest in qualitative comparative analysis, and a trend for mixed and multiples methods, the use of experiments. The pursuit of causality in comparative social policy inquiry, while highly valuable for comparative scholars, is perhaps less visible in studies reported in scholarly journals than recent discussion and debate might suggest. In this stream we consider theoretical and methodological trends and exemplar studies demonstrating innovations, whether theoretical, analytical or methodological, we are interested in the tools necessary to engage in comparative analysis. The existence of a stable growing trend in the use of comparative methodology warrants further scholarly engagement at ESPAnet 2021 Leuven.

We welcome scholarly papers which integrate innovative theoretical insights and rigorous empirical analysis, as well as innovative contributions incorporating diversity perspectives that speak to the development of Comparative Social Policy Analysis across the growing range of methods and techniques: Regression Techniques, including Linear and Logistic Regression, Multi-Level Models (MLM), Pooled Time Series (PTS) and Panels; Case-Studies and Comparative Historical Analysis (CHA); Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) and Factorial Techniques including Latent Models; Cluster Analysis; Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and Fuzzy-Sets; Mixed- and Multi-Methods; Natural Experiments (NEs), difference-in- differences (DiD); Big Data – algorithms, sensor data, transactional data, administrative data etc. Methods for examining textual data and computational linguistics for advancing qualitative methods. Theoretical work and reflections on comparative method.
Period31 Aug 20213 Sep 2021
Event typeConference
LocationLeuven, Belgium