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The Goldilocks principle: applying the exclusive disjunction to fuzzy sets

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Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), a technique by which the tools of Boolean algebra are applied to equifinal causal conditions, is gaining popularity amongst scholars. This paper draws upon a distinction largely overlooked by the QCA literature: the difference between inclusive- and exclusive-or (OR and XOR). I argue that XOR should be included amongst the tools of QCA, explain why XOR is more easily applied to crisp- than fuzzy-set QCA, and provide two original techniques for applying ...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted Manuscript

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, SSD, Politics and Int Relations
Publisher:
Routledge Publisher's website
Journal:
International Journal of Social Research Methodology Journal website
Pages:
1-24
Publication date:
2015-06-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1464-5300
ISSN:
1364-5579
URN:
uuid:19ab6479-e7df-483b-9f09-ccb77d3d056c
Source identifiers:
578679
Local pid:
pubs:578679

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