. Case-based methods have a long history in the Social Sciences. They are extensively used and raise many practical and theoretical questions. This book provides a comprehensive, critical examination of case-oriented research. It offers concrete. proposals about the best research methods and provides an unparalleled guide to. the emergence and complexity of the field. The Handbook: - Situates the reader in the essential theoretical and practical issues - Demonstrates the unity and diversity of case-oriented research. through an examination of case-based methods - Distinguishes between case-based and case study research - Elucidates the philosophical issues around case based methods - Relates case-based work to the constellation of social theory. and theories of research methods.