Steps Toward Consolidation of the Framework
Collier & Collier (1991), Luebbert (1991)
These two books represent significant steps toward consolidating the field. These scholars worked in parallel at UC Berkeley, which became an important center for training researchers who studied critical junctures. Along with the substantive contribution of their book, Collier and Collier (1991) also explore the challenges of causal inference entailed in studying critical junctures, as well as dilemmas of establishing analytic equivalence in comparing diverse historical and national contexts. For further comments on issues of theory and method, see O’Donnell’s Preface to the 2002 printing of Collier and Collier. See also Collier and Lipset’s (1991) Preface to Luebbert’s book.
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