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Standards of Good Practice in Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and Fuzzy-Sets

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As a relatively new methodological tool, QCA is still a work in progress. Standards of good practice are needed in order to enhance the quality of its applications. We present a list from A to Z of twenty-six proposals regarding what a “good” QCA-based research entails, both with regard to QCA as a research approach and as an analytical technique. Our suggestions are subdivided into three categories: criteria referring to the research stages before, during, and after the analytical moment of data analysis. This listing can be read as a guideline for authors, reviewers, and readers of QCA.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Political Science and Center for the Study of Imperfections in Democracies, Central European University Nador utca 9, 1051 Budapest, Hungary, Email:; 2: Istituto italiano di scienze umane Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza degli Strozzi, 50123 Florence, Italy, Email:


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