method of agreement

method of agreement

One of philosopher John Stuart Mills’ five methods of induction, intended to illustrate the concept of causation. The method of agreement states: “if two or more instances of the phenomenon have only one circumstance in common, the circumstance in which alone all instances agree is the cause or effect of the given phenomenon.”
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We faced three major analytical issues: the issue of representativeness, the inability to apply the logic of multivariate analysis, and the difficulty in applying Mill's (1967) method of agreement of method of difference.
37) states it, "There is another problem with the method of agreement that is particularly relevant to comparative social science: the method of agreement is completely incapacitated by multiple causation (which was know to Mill as plural causation).
Because political violence erupted in both Italy and West Germany, della Porta employs John Stuart Mill's method of agreement to discern variables that have explanatory power for political violence in each country.
As della Porta points out, the employment of the method of agreement may potentially limit her findings.
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