This book seeks to narrow two gaps: first, between the widespread use of case studies and their frequently “loose” methodological moorings; and second, between the scholarly community advancing methodological frontiers in case study research and the users of case studies in development policy and practice. It draws on the contributors’ collective experience at this nexus, but the underlying issues are more broadly relevant to case study researchers and practitioners in all fields.


Widner, Jennifer, Michael Woolcock, and Daniel Ortega Nieto, eds. The Case for Case Studies: Methods and Applications in International Development. Cambridge University Press, 2022.