European Political Science
We introduce a web application, the Case Selector (http://und.edu/faculty/brian.urlacher), that facilitates comparative case study research designs by creating an exhaustive comparison of cases from a dataset on the dependent, independent, and control variables specified by the user. This application was created to aid in systematic and transparent case selection so that researchers can better address the charge that cases are ‘cherry picked.’ An examination of case selection in a prominent study of rebel behaviour in civil war is then used to illustrate different applications of the Case Selector.
“This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in European Political Science. The definitive publisher-authenticated version prescott, . & urlacher, .. Eur Polit Sci (2018) 17: 422. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41304-017-0128-5 is available online at: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057/s41304-017-0128-5.
Prescott, Timothy and Urlacher, Brian, "Case Selection and the Comparative Method: Introducing the case selector" (2017). Political Science & Public Administration Faculty Publications. 5.