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Research Methods in International Relations
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Research Methods in International Relations

Second Edition


May 2022 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The only guide to conducting research in International Relations. Covering the full breadth of methods in IR with unrivalled clarity, this best-selling textbook takes you through the entire process of doing research, from honing your question to writing up the dissertation. The engaging and jargon-free style demystifies the process of doing research, whilst helping you develop a comprehensive understanding of the strengths and limitations of different methods and methodologies.

This second edition comes with new chapters on conducting interviews and discourse analysis, as well as expanded coverage of qualitative and quantitative methods. Packed with examples, it explores the breadth of IR research today, from the long-lasting impact of colonialism to migration policy; climate change negotiations to international aid. Covering the most cutting-edge methodological developments, including critical realism, feminist, and postcolonial approaches, it helps you understand and apply research methods in world politics.

This practical introduction is essential reading for anyone setting out on their International Relations research project for the first time, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Christopher Lamont is Assistant Dean of E-Track Programs and Associate Professor of International Relations at Tokyo International University, Japan.


 
Chapter 1: Methodology and Methods in International Relations
 
Chapter 2: Research Questions and Research Design
 
Chapter 3: Research Ethics
 
Chapter 4: Writing a Literature Review
 
Chapter 5: Qualitative Methods in International Relations
 
Chapter 6: Quantitative Methods in International Relations
 
Chapter 7: Mixed Methods Research in International Relations
 
Chapter 8: Fieldwork in International Relations
 
Chapter 9: Interview Research in International Relations
 
Chapter 10: Discourse Analysis in International Relations
 
Chapter 11: Case Study Research in International Relations
 
Chapter 12: Writing Up Your Research

A superb primer for those embarking on research in international relations.  The text outlines a range of approaches in a practical fashion, with references to the latest developments in theory as well as current affairs. Readers are taken through complex ideas about methods, the philosophy of knowledge and ethics with clarity, insight, and a nuanced appreciation of the value of different ways of going about inquiry in this field. Destined to become the 'go to' manual for existing IR researchers as well as the first book to recommend for those starting a PhD.

Jamie Gaskarth
Professor of Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Open University

This text is an accessible introduction to International Relations research and is particularly well-suited to undergraduates embarking on their first projects. It covers the entirety of the research process, from devising questions to writing-up findings. The new chapters on interviews and discourse analysis are great additions to this second edition.

Dr Rachel Bennett
Academic Course Leader for International Relations at the University of Gloucestershire

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