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"This anthology is very useful. It speaks directly to students. The writing is extraordinarily strong throughout the samples—clear and concise, interesting and insightful, authoritative and accessible. This is a book I will order with enthusiasm as required reading in my course on research design."
—Dr. Larissa A. Grunig, Department of Communication, University of Maryland

The Case Study Anthology, the latest from bestselling author Robert Yin, introduces readers to the world of case study research. It contains 19 carefully chosen and well-edited works, some of which represent excerpts from all-time classic case studies in sociology, political science, and related disciplines. This anthology will help readers to understand how case study research has been conducted—including the current state of the art—and how they might conduct their own case studies. With this in mind, the cases are arranged according to the process of doing case study research:

* Theoretical perspectives and case selection
* The strength of multiple cases
* Quantitative evidence and "embedded" units of analysis
* More illustrations of case study evidence
* Analysis and conclusions

Authors of the cases include many eminent social scientists, including

Graham Allison
Anthony S. Bryk
James S. Coleman
Seymour Martin Lipset
Helen Merrell Lynd
Robert S. Lynd
Ira Magaziner
Richard Neustadt
Everett M. Rogers
Martin Trow
W. Lloyd Warner
Aaron Wildavsky

The Case Study Anthology will be a perfect supplemental text or reference for any research course in the social sciences, including sociology, anthropology, and political science, as well as related practice fields such as education, planning, health, and management.

Section I: Theoretical Perspectives and Case Selection
Richard E. Neustadt and Harvey Fineberg
The Epidemic That Never Was: Policy-Making and the Swine Flu Scare
Allison, Graham, and Philip Zelikow
Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis
Robert S. Lynd and Helen Merrell Lynd
Middletown: A Study of Modern American Culture
W. Lloyd Warner and Paul S. Lunt
Yankee City: The Social Life of a Modern Community
Jeffrey L. Pressman and Aaron Wildavsky
Implementation: How Great Expectations in Washington Are Dashed in Oakland
Section II: The Strength of Multiple Cases
Section II: The Strength of Multiple Cases
Ira Magaziner and Mark Patinkin
Korea: Winning with Microwaves
Gregory Hooks
The Rise of the Pentagon and U.S. State Building
Martha Derthick
New Towns-in-Town: The Limits of Centralization
Section III: Quantitative Evidence and Embedded Units of Analysis
Neal Gross, Joseph B. Giacquinta, and Maryilyn Bernstein
Implementing an Education Innovation
Seymour Martin Lipset, Martin A. Trow, and James S. Coleman
Union Democracy: The Internal Politics of the International Typographical Union
Anthony S. Bryk, Penny Bender Bebring, David Kerbow, Sharon Rollow, and John Q. Easton
Testing the Basic Logic of the Chicago School Reform Act
Section IV: More Illustrations of Case Study Evidence
Everett M. Rogers and Judith K. Larsen
Winning at the Game: Intel and Silicon Valley Fever
Ronald N. Jacobs
Civil Society and Crisis: Culture, Discourse, and the Rodney King Beating
Everett M. Rogers and Judith K. Larsen
Working: Growth of High-Technology Culture
Edward Zigler and Susan Muenchow
Head Start: The Inside Story of America's Most Successful Educational Experiment
Section V: Analyses and Conclusions
Dorothy Nelkin
The Organization of a Methadone Program
George L. Kelling and Catherine M. Coles
Transformation in the New York City Police Department
Ted K. Bradshaw
Communities Not Fazed: Why Military Base Closures May Not Be Catastrophic
Donald R. McAdams
Lessons From Houston: Fighting to Save Our Urban Schools
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“This anthology is very useful. It speaks directly to students. The writing is extraordinarily strong throughout the samples—clear and concise, interesting and insightful, authoritative and accessible. This is a book I will order with enthusiasm as required reading in my course on research design.”

Dr. Larissa A. Grunig
University of Maryland

Every case in the Anthology is worth reading.

Kenneth Watson

This book is like an “anthology” overarching subject of case studies. It is a must have or must read book if you are embarking on a research adopting a case study approach. The book will certainly appeal to the students in that it speaks directly to them and in plain English. Additionally, the book has extensive description of what a case study is with examples drawn from various disciplines with easy to follow explanations on cast study techniques such as descriptive, explanatory, cross-case and methodological. It is an interesting and insightful book with authoritative and accessible nature. Everything a research student has to ask on cast studies, is answered in this book!

Mr Hussam Rajab
English Language Institute, King Abdulaziz University
August 5, 2015

This book is suited for someone who is interested in examples of case studies. The book does not contain instructions on HOW to do a case study as such, but more on case studies that have already been done.

Dr Mignon Van Vreden
Music , North-West University
October 25, 2012

Not all of my students carry out case study research, so it would be wrong of me to recommend the book as essential. However those that do use case studies will be recommended the book. Thanks


Mr Ian Watson
School of Computing, Engineering & IS, Northumbria University
October 26, 2011

Another excellent book by Yin - clear, concise and very easy to understand. Comprehensive examples of the approaches are especially useful.

Mrs Julie Green
Clinical Education Centre, Keele University
November 14, 2010

clearly demonstrates how the other works by Yin are used in real world research, with clarity and diverse case studies to bring to life the method of case study research

Mr Noel Ronan
Humanities, Waterford Institute of Technology
October 11, 2010
Key features
  • Four distinct sections, each focusing on specific issues/perspectives of case study research: Theoretical Perspectives, Multiple Cases, Quantitative Evidence and "Embedded" Units of Analysis, and More Illustrations of Case Study Evidence.
  • Case Studies from a wide range of settings, including health, politics, business/management, sociology, education, and technology.
  • Illustrations of different case-study techniques (descriptive, explanatory, cross-case, and methodological).

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