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Empirical Political Analysis : Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods,9780205576401

Empirical Political Analysis : Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods

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Edition: 7th
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 1/1/2011
Publisher(s): Prentice Hall

Summary

This comprehensive research methods text introduces students, both concretely and theoretically, to a wide variety of techniques, applications, and concerns that are important to political science research. Organized around the various stages of the research process, and balancing the competing demands placed on an introductory text, each chapter of the book is planned around a series of substantive questions and enhanced with a series of research exercises that give students practical insights into the important issues raised.

Table of Contents

Introduction
The Research Process
Preparing to Do Research
Theory Building: Concepts and Hypotheses in Political Research
Setting the Foundation: Techniques of Systematic Bibliographic Search
Internet Research
From Abstract to Concrete: Operationalization and Measurement
Working from a Plan: Considerations in Research Design
Who, What, Where, When: The Problem of Sampling
Quantitative Methods
Survey Research
Scaling Techniques
Content Analysis
Sources and Applications of Aggregate Data
Comparative Research
Social Network Analysis: Finding Structure in a Complex World
Analyzing Quantitative Data
Data Preparation and Data Processing
Describing the Data: The Construction of Tables and Charts
Statistics IV: Summarizing Distributions on One Variable
Statistics II: Examining Relationships Between Two Variables
Statistics III: Examining Relationships Among Several Variables
Qualitative Methods
Direct Observation
Focus Group Methodologies
Elite and Specialized Interviewing
Conclusion
Writing (and Reading) the Research Report
Overview
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