Key Research Concepts in Politics and International Relations
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From action research to validity, this innovative and informative text is an invaluable guide to a variety of core research concepts in both political science and international relations.



Key Features:





- Each entry is consistently structured, providing: a clear definition, a focused explanation, a summary of current debates and areas of research, further reading, and references to other related concepts.





- Explains how and why particular research methods are used and highlights alternative research concepts and strategies.





- Cross-relates entries, enabling you to dip in to topics and follow threads throughout the book.





- Packed with illuminating examples to help you to apply theory to the 'real world' of political analysis.





An essential companion for students of Politics and International Relations at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 15.24mm | 230g
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • 1412911850
  • 9781412911856
  • 1,469,076

Table of contents

Indroduction
Action Research
Autobiography/Biography Research
Behaviourialism
Case Studies
Causality and Correlations
Comparative Method
Concepts
Content Analysis
Deduction/Induction
Discourse Analysis
Documentary Analysis
Ecological Fallacy
Empirical Analysis
Epistemology
Ethics
Ethnography and Ethnomethodology
Evidence-based Policy Making (EBPM)
Feminism/Feminist Methodologies
Focus Groups
Hypothesis-Testing and Inference
Interviewing
Levels of Measurement
Methods
Methodology
Narratives
Observation
Official Data
Ontology
Paradigm
Positivism
Post-postivism
Presenting Quantitative Analysis
Primary Sources
Qualitative Methods
Quantitative Methods
Rational-Choice
Realism
Reliability
Sampling
Secondary Analysis
Survey Design
Theory
Triangulation
Validity
Variables
Index
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This book provides a clear, balanced and accessible introduction to a broad range of methodological concepts and techniques. Research methods can be a challenging area of study for undergraduate students, and this text will be an indispensable guide for students of Politics and International Relations at different stages of their degree.
Fidelma Ashe
Senior Lecturer in Politics, the University of Ulster



Lisa Harrison and Theresa Callan have succeeded in doing what few authors have hitherto managed! They have written a robust introductory text on research methods in the field of Politics and IR which is both clear and accessible and covers all bases succinctly. This book will be a tremendous resource for undergraduates in the field.
Dr Nicholas Startin
Lecturer in the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies, University of Bath
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