Research Methods for Political Science

Research Methods for Political Science : Quantitative and Qualitative Methods

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This comprehensive text is designed to help political science students learn what to research, why to research, and how to research. It integrates both the quantitative and qualitative approaches to research, including the most detailed coverage of qualitative methods currently available. The book provides specific instructions in the use of available statistical software programs such as Excel and SPSS. It covers such important topics as research design, specifying research problems, designing questionnaires and writing questions, designing and carrying out qualitative research, and analyzing both quantitative and qualitative research data. Copiously illustrated and thoroughly classroom tested, the book presents statistical methods in a conversational tone to help students surmount "math phobia."
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  • Hardback | 544 pages
  • 172.7 x 256.5 x 40.6mm | 1,224.71g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • tables, figures
  • 0765612348
  • 9780765612342

Table of contents

Introduction; Part 1. Foundations of Political Science Research; 1. The Systematic Approach to Research; 2. The Foundations of Political Science Research; 3. The State of Political Science Research; 4. The Political and Ethical Environments of Research; 5. Understanding the Research Process; 6. Focusing on a Research Topic; 7. Understanding Research Design; Part 2. Introduction to Quantitative Research Approaches; 8. Introduction to Quantitative Methods; 9. Introduction to the Sampling Process; 10. Exploratory Research: The Probing Approach; 11. Descriptive Research: The Survey Approach; 12. Causal Research: The Experimental Approach; Part 3. Applying Statistical Concepts in Research; 13. Interpreting Survey Results with Descriptive Statistics; 14. Presenting Research Results with Tables, Charts, and Graphs; 15. Testing Simple Research Hypotheses; 16. Testing Hypotheses About Two or More Variables; 17. Introduction to Nonparametric Statistics; Part 4. Advanced Quantitative Methods; 18. Regression Analysis in Political Science; 19. Predicting the Future I: Time Series Methods; 20. Predicting the Future II: Index Number Methods; 21. Predicting the Future III: Discriminant Analysis Methods; 22. Managing Large Databases: Factor and Cluster Analysis Methods; Part 5. Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods; 23. Introduction to Qualitative Research; 24. The Explanatory Approach I: Case Study Methods; 25. The Explanatory Approach II: Historical Research Methods; 26. The Interpretive Approach I: Grounded Theory Methods; 27. The Interpretive Approach II: Ethnographic Methods; 28. The Critical Approach: Action Research Methods; Part 6. Analyzing Qualitative Research Data; 29. Methods of Analyzing Qualitative Data; 30. Analyzing Texts, Documents, and Artifacts; 31. Organizing and Writing the Research Report; 32. Introduction to Statistical Software: Excel and SPSS
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