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    Process Tracing as an Effective Epistemic Complement.Attilia Ruzzene - 2014 - Topoi 33 (2):1-12.
    In the last decades philosophers of science and social scientists promoted the view that knowledge of mechanisms might help causal inference considerably in the social sciences. Mechanisms, however, can only assist causal inference effectively if scientists have a means to identify them correctly. Some scholars suggested that process-tracing might be a helpful strategy in this respect. Shared criteria to assess its performance, however, are not available yet; furthermore, the criteria proposed so far tie the validity of process-tracing findings to the (...)
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    Policy-Making in Developing Countries: From Prediction to Planning.Attilia Ruzzene - 2015 - Journal of Economic Methodology 22 (3):264-279.
    The claim that randomized controlled trials can improve policy-making in developing countries seemed to be severely challenged by the widespread belief that RCTs lack external validity. This belief led to the articulation of strategies to alleviate this problem which developed under the assumption that policy-making in developing countries can be best understood as a problem of prediction. The causal structures that characterize developing contexts, however, render this framing inadequate. I propose to understand policy-making in developing contexts as a planning process. (...)
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    Contemporary Philosophy and Social Science: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue.Michiru Nagatsu & Attilia Ruzzene (eds.) - 2019 - London: Bloomsbury Academic.
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    A Fresh Approach to Introducing the Philosophy of Social Science: Nancy Cartwright and Eleonora Montuschi, : Philosophy of Social Science: A New Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, $35.00.Attilia Ruzzene - 2016 - Metascience 25 (2):309-312.
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    Drawing Lessons From Case Studies by Enhancing Comparability.Attilia Ruzzene - 2012 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 42 (1):99-120.
    External validity is typically regarded as the downside of case study research by methodologists and social scientists; case studies, however, are often aimed at drawing lessons that are generalizable to new contexts. The gap between the generalizability potential of case studies and the research goals demands closer scrutiny. I suggest that the conclusion that case study research is weak in external validity follows from a set of assumptions that I term the "traditional view," which are disputable at best. In this (...)
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    The Case Study as Research Method: A Practical Handbook.Attilia Ruzzene - 2011 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 25 (3):293 - 296.
    International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Volume 25, Issue 3, Page 293-296, September 2011.
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    The Limits of Inference Without Theory.Attilia Ruzzene - 2015 - Journal of Economic Methodology 22 (4):520-525.
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    Using Case Studies in the Social Sciences: Methods, Inferences, Purposes.Attilia Ruzzene - 2015 - Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics 8 (1):123.
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