Category: Call for Papers
Subject: CPSA 2016 Call for Paper: Context, Mechanisms and Process-Tracing: Advancing Causal Inference in the Study of Federalism and Provincial/Territorial politics in Canada and Beyond
CPSA 2016 Call for Paper: Context, Mechanisms and Process-Tracing: Advancing Causal Inference in the Study of Federalism and Provincial/Territorial politics in Canada and Beyond
Workshop Organizers: Mireille Paquet (Concordia) and Jörg Broschek (Wilfrid Laurier)
Contemporary social science research has increasingly turned towards a mechanistic understanding of causal inference. Rather than using co-variation based on large, standardized data-set observations, mechanistic approaches engage in theory development and theory testing through the identification of complex causal configurations and the study of their distinct effects in different contextual settings. In particular, this “new methodology” (Mahoney 2010) seeks to gain more leverage for causal inference by demonstrating how causal mechanisms generate outcomes through process-tracing within particular cases.
This panel discusses the promises of this methodological turn for the study of multi-level politics in Canada and beyond. We invite papers that discuss how these theoretical and methodological innovations can animate research in the field of comparative federalism, urban/provincial/subnational politics or supranationalization. Contributions using within-case or cross-case analysis will be equally considered. In particular, papers should address questions such as:
- What is the contribution of a mechanistic approach for the study of provincial, territorial and subnational politics in Canada and elsewhere?
- What mechanisms are relevant for understanding federal dynamics on the institutional and policy level (e.g. societal, institutional, ideational)?
- How do mechanisms interact with each other to generate outcomes, and how do they operate under changing contextual conditions?
- How does the temporal structure of mechanisms produce distinct effects?
- How can we deploy process tracing to uncover and assess the causal weight of different causal mechanisms?
We hope to generate discussions that balance theory, methods and empirical examples. As such, we welcome equally papers applying a mechanistic understanding of causal inference to case studies as well as theory or methods focused contributions.
The deadline to submit an abstract is October 10, 2015.