The Craft of Political Research

The Craft of Political Research

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For undergraduate Political Science courses in Research Methods, Introduction to Political Science, and honors seminars, and for first-year graduate scope and methods seminars. This highly accessible book provides a basic introduction to the nature of research questions and methods of empirical research in political science. It describes the cooperative process, as well as the logic of empirical measurement and analysis of observations, in the conception and pursuit of a research project. Emphasizing the design of interesting research questions and basic problems of measurement and data analysis, the book relies more on intuitive understanding than on formal development.show more

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  • Paperback | 162 pages
  • 152.4 x 218.4 x 10.2mm | 181.44g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Prentice-Hall
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 5th edition
  • bibliography, index
  • 0130922323
  • 9780130922328

Table of contents

1. Doing Research. 2. Political Theories and Research Topics. 3. The Importance of Dimensional Thinking. 4. Problems of Measurement: Accuracy. 5. Problems of Measurement: Precision. 6. Causal Thinking and the Design of Research. 7. Introduction to Statistics: Measuring Relationships for Interval Data. 8. Introduction to Statistics: Further Topics on Measurement of Relationships. 9. Introduction to Statistics: Inference, or How to Gamble on Your Research. 10. Where Do Theories Come From? Selected Bibliography. Index.show more

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