“Nested Analysis: Towards the Integration of Comparative Historical Analysis with other Social Science Methods,” in Advances in Comparative-Historical Analysis

Author(s): Evan Lieberman 

Status/Format: Published

Date: 2015

Publication Type: Book Chapter

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Page Numbers: 240 - 263

Editor(s): James Mahoney, Kathleen Thelen


In the decade following publication of the original edited volume, Comparative Historical Analysis in the Social Sciences (Mahoney and Rueschemeyer 2003), multimethod research became an important strand of comparative-historical analysis, which now warrants attention and reflection. Almost one-third of books published between 2003 and 2013 at leading university presses using comparative-historical analysis (CHA) also employ some form of quantitative analysis. In this chapter, I review the motivation for multimethod research and focus on a single variant, which I call “nested analysis.” I use that discussion as a point of departure for considering the possible integration of CHA with other forms of empirical analysis, including matching analyses and experimental methods.