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Political Science Research Methods

Eighth Edition

Step by step, Political Science Research Methods walks students through the logic of research design, carefully explaining how researchers choose which method to employ.

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© 2016 | 656 pages | CQ Press
Understand the “how” and the “why” behind research in political science.
Step by step, Political Science Research Methods walks students through the logic of research design, carefully explaining how researchers choose which method to employ. The Eighth Edition of this trusted resource offers a greater emphasis on the ways in which particular methods are used by undergraduates, expanded coverage of the role of the Internet in research and analysis, and more international examples. 

Practice makes perfect. 

In the new fourth edition of the accompanying workbook, Working with Political Science Research Methods, students are given the perfect opportunity to practice each of the methods presented in the core text. This helpful supplement breaks each aspect of the research process into manageable parts and features new exercises and updated data sets. A solutions manual with answers to the workbook is available to adopters.

Your students save when you order the workbook bundled with the text. 
Use bundle ISBN 978-1-5063-2682-5.

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Chapter 1: Introduction
Research on Inequality  
Who Votes; Who Doesn’t?  
Politics and the Gender Gap  
Repression of Human Rights  
A Look into Judicial Decision Making and Its Effects  
Influencing Bureaucracies  
Effects of Campaign Advertising on Voters  
Research on Public Support for US Foreign Involvement  
Conclusion  
Terms Introduced  
Notes  
 
Chapter 2: The Empirical Approach to Political Science
Elements of Empiricism  
The Importance of Theory  
A Brief Overview of the Empirical Research Process  
Reactions to the Empirical Approach: Practical Objections  
Competing Points of View  
Conclusion  
Terms Introduced  
Suggested Readings  
Notes  
 
Chapter 3: Beginning the Research Process: Identifying a Research Topic, Developing Research Questions, and Reviewing the Literature
Specifying the Research Question  
Sources of Ideas for Research Topics  
Why Conduct a Literature Review?  
Collecting Sources for a Literature Review  
Writing a Literature Review  
Anatomy of a Literature Review  
Conclusion  
Terms Introduced  
Suggested Readings  
Notes  
 
Chapter 4: The Building Blocks of Social Scientific Research: Hypotheses, Concepts, and Variables
Proposing Explanations  
Formulating Hypotheses  
Defining Concepts  
Conclusion  
Terms Introduced  
Suggested Readings  
Notes  
 
Chapter 5: The Building Blocks of Social Scientific Research: Measurement
Devising Measurement Strategies  
Examples of Political Measurements: Getting to Operationalization  
The Accuracy of Measurements  
The Precision of Measurements  
Multi-Item Measures  
Conclusion  
Terms Introduced  
Suggested Readings  
Notes  
 
Chapter 6: Research Design: Making Causal Inferences
Verifying Causal Assertions  
Other Randomized Experiments  
Nonrandomized Designs: Quasi-Experiments  
Natural Experiments  
Observational Studies  
Longitudinal (Time Series) Designs  
Conclusion  
Terms Introduced  
Suggested Readings  
Notes  
 
Chapter 7: Sampling
The Basics of Sampling  
Types of Samples  
What Can Be Learned from a Sample of a Population  
Conclusion  
Terms Introduced  
Suggested Readings  
Notes  
 
Chapter 8: Making Empirical Observations: Firsthand Observation
Types of Data and Collection Techniques  
Firsthand, Direct Observation  
Firsthand, Indirect Observation  
Ethical Issues in Observation  
Conclusion  
Terms Introduced  
Suggested Readings  
Notes  
 
Chapter 9: Document Analysis: Using the Written Record
Content Analysis  
Types of Written Records  
Advantages and Disadvantages of the Written Record  
Conclusion  
Terms Introduced  
Suggested Readings  
Notes  
 
Chapter 10: Survey Research and Interviewing
Fundamentals: Ensuring Validity and Reliability  
Survey Research  
Using Archived Surveys  
Interviewing  
Conclusion  
Terms Introduced  
Suggested Readings  
Notes  
 
Chapter 11: Making Sense of Data: First Steps
The Data Matrix  
Descriptive Statistics  
Graphs for Presentation and Exploration  
What’s Next  
Terms Introduced  
Suggested Readings  
Notes  
 
Chapter 12: Statistical Inference
Two Kinds of Inference  
Confidence Intervals and Confidence Levels  
Conclusion  
Terms Introduced  
Suggested Readings  
Notes  
 
Chapter 13: Investigating Relationships between Two Variables
The Basics of Identifying and Measuring Relationships  
Table Summaries of Categorical Variable Associations  
Measuring Strength of Relationships in Tables  
The Relationship between a Categorical and a Quantitative Variable  
Regression Analysis  
Conclusion  
Appendix: Regression Assumptions  
Terms Introduced  
Suggested Readings  
Notes  
 
Chapter 14: Multivariate Analysis
Holding a Variable Constant  
Multivariate Analysis of Categorical Data  
Linear Models  
Categorical Variables and Linear Models  
Logistic Regression  
Conclusion  
Terms Introduced  
Suggested Readings  
Notes  
 
Chapter 15: The Research Report: An Annotated Example
Annotated Research Report Example  

Supplements

Instructor Resources Site
  • Test Bank ready for copyediting in August/September
  • Instructor Manual ready for copyediting in August/September
  • Student Quizzes ready for copyediting in August/September
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

The Eighth Edition features

  • Streamlined content that delivers greater clarity of concepts and a tighter focus on what matters most:
    • simplified, clear discussion of statistical inference and hypothesis testing;
    • updated examination of multivariate data analysis, with a sharper focus on the most important techniques; and
    • more examples of calculations
  • Learning objectives encourage close, focused reading and measurable takeaways
  • New and updated examples of research serve as touchstones throughout the book and demonstrate a greater variety of data collection methods:
    • the gender gap in politics; 
    • income inequality and political representation;
    • the impact of SuperPAC advertising;
    • repression of human rights;
    • the public's sensitivity to the unequal distribution of war casualties across American communities; and 
    • increasingly politicized views of the Supreme Court
  • A focus on research that taps into current and ongoing political debates
  • Greater emphasis on how particular research methods are used by undergraduate students
  • Expanded coverage of the role of the Internet in research and analysis
  • A brand new annotated research article in Chapter 15

KEY FEATURES:

  • Learning objectives provide measurable takeaways of key chapter content
  • "Helpful Hints" boxes give students practical, nuts-and-bolts reminders they can refer to when conducting their own research
  • “How It’s Done” boxes provide a quick reference for doing calculations

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