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Political Science Research Methods

Ninth Edition
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July 2019 | 400 pages | CQ Press
“This is a solid text that walks students through the entire process of empirical, quantitative research methods in political science without being too math-heavy.  Students will be able to read this book and come away with an increased understanding of how we use research methods in political science.”
—Amanda M. Rosen, Webster University  

Understand the “how” and the “why” behind research in political science.  

Political Science Research Methods helps students to understand the logic behind research design by guiding them through a step-by-step process that explains when and why a researcher would pursue different kinds of methods. The highly anticipated Ninth Edition of this trusted resource provides more international examples, an increased focus on the role ethics play in the research process, increased attention to qualitative research methods, and expanded coverage on the role of the internet in research and analysis.  

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Working with Political Science Research Methods, Fifth Edition offers students multiple opportunities 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.  

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Tables, Figures, and Features
 
Preface
 
About the Authors
 
Chapter 1 Introduction
Research on Income Inequality  
Politics and the Gender Gap  
The Case of Italian (Non) Tax Compliance  
Protests and Repression in New Democracies  
The Observer Effect in International Politics: Evidence from a Natural Experiment  
Conclusion  
Terms Introduced  
 
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  
 
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  
 
Chapter 4 The Building Blocks of Social Scientific Research: Hypotheses, Concepts, Variables, and Measurement
Proposing Explanations  
Formulating Hypotheses  
Defining Concepts  
Devising Measurement Strategies  
The Accuracy of Measurements  
The Precision of Measurements  
Conclusion  
Terms Introduced  
Suggested Readings  
 
Chapter 5 Sampling
The Basics of Sampling  
How Do We Use a Sample to Learn About a Population?  
Sampling Methods  
Types of Samples  
Conclusion  
Terms Introduced  
Suggested Readings  
 
Chapter 6 Research Design: Establishing Causation
Verifying Causal Assertions  
Qualitative and Quantitative Methods and Analysis: Causes-of-Effects and Effects-of-Causes Approaches  
Conclusion  
Terms Introduced  
Suggested Readings  
 
Chapter 7 Qualitative Research: Case Study Designs
Case Study Methods  
Case Study Types  
Using Cases to Explore Causal Mechanisms: Process Tracing  
Generalizing from Cases Studies  
Conclusion  
Terms Introduced  
Suggested Readings  
 
Chapter 8 Making Empirical Observations
Types of Data and Collection Techniques  
Data Collection in Qualitative Research  
Conclusion  
Terms Introduced  
Suggested Readings  
 
Chapter 9 Quantitative Research Designs
Randomized Experimental Designs  
Natural Experiments  
Nonrandomized Designs: Quasi-Experiments  
Observational Studies  
Conclusion  
Terms Introduced  
Suggested Readings  
 
Chapter 10 Quantitative Methods
The Wide Variety of Quantitative Projects  
Sources of Data for Quantitative Studies  
Data Management  
Ethical Concerns with Quantitative Methods  
Conclusion  
Terms Introduced  
Suggested Readings  
 
Chapter 11 Making Sense of Data: First Steps
The Data Matrix  
Descriptive Statistics  
Graphs for Presentation and Exploration  
Conclusion  
Terms Introduced  
Suggested Readings  
 
Chapter 12 Testing Relationships
The Normal Distribution and Z Scores  
Confidence Intervals  
Hypothesis Testing  
Testing a Relationship with Two Samples  
Conclusion  
Terms Introduced  
Suggested Readings  
 
Chapter 13 Analyzing Relationships for Categorical Data
The Basics of Identifying and Measuring Relationships  
Table Summaries of Categorical Variable Associations  
Measuring Strength of Relationships in Tables  
Measures of Association: Statistics for Reporting the Strength of Relationships in Tables  
Chi Square Test for Independence  
Multivariate Analysis of Categorical Data  
Analysis of Variance: Analyzing the Difference between Means for More Than Two Means  
Conclusion  
Terms Introduced  
Suggested Readings  
 
Chapter 14 Regression
Logic of Regression  
Minimizing the Sum of the Squared Error  
The Linear Regression Model  
Maximum Likelihood Models for Dichotomous Dependent Variables  
Conclusion  
Terms Introduced  
Suggested Readings  
 
Chapter 15 The Research Report: An Annotated Example
Annotated Research Report Example  
Appendixes  
Appendix A: Normal Curve Tail Probabilities  
Appendix B: Critical Values from t Distribution  
Appendix C: Chi-Squared Distribution Values for Various Right-Tail Probabilities  
Appendix D: F Distribution  
 
Glossary
 
Index

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“I like the focus on empiricism and the attempt to illustrate numerous research puzzles throughout.”

Anna Brigevich
North Carolina Central University

“A great overview of research methods written by and for political scientists.”

Ewa Golebiowska
Wayne State University

“This textbook is an informative and broad first foray into political science research methods that is appropriate for any early undergraduate student.”

Ronald J. McGauvran
University of North Texas

 “This is a solid text that walks students through the entire process of empirical quantitative research methods in political science without being too math-heavy. Students will be able to read this book and come away with an increased understanding of how we use research methods in political science.”

Amanda M. Rosen
Webster University
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • A significant reduction in length enables students to focus on the major points of each discussion.
  • Two new chapters (Ch. 7 and Ch. 8) are dedicated to qualitative research to give students a stronger foundation in qualitative research design and data collection methods. 
  • An emphasis on the logic of demonstrating causality helps students to better evaluate causal claims.
  • Formulas have been revised so that they use consistent terms with the discussion of correlation, t-tests, and confidence intervals in other chapters for clarity.
  • Regression is covered in a single chapter (Ch. 14) to make the topic easier for students to understand why one would use regression as well as how one would calculate and interpret it.
  • A new chapter on categorical data (Ch. 13) enables students to analyze relationships involving categorical data, both bivariate and multivariate.
  • Additional international relations and comparative politics examples improves the balance of examples across political science subfields.  

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