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Craft of Political Research

Craft of Political Research - 7th edition

ISBN13: 978-0136029489

Cover of Craft of Political Research 7TH 08 (ISBN 978-0136029489)
ISBN13: 978-0136029489
ISBN10: 0136029485
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 7TH 08
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 2008
International: No

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Craft of Political Research - 7TH 08 edition

ISBN13: 978-0136029489

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ISBN13: 978-0136029489
ISBN10: 0136029485
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 7TH 08
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.

Published: 2008
International: No
Summary

This highly accessible book provides a basic introduction to the nature of research questions and methods of empirical research in political science. It describes the cooperative process, as well as the logic of empirical measurement and analysis of observations, in the conception and pursuit of a research project. Emphasizing the design of interesting research questions and basic problems of measurement and data analysis, the book relies more on intuitive understanding than on formal development.Chapter topics cover political theories and research topics, the importance of dimensional thinking, problems of measurement: accuracy and precision, causal thinking and the design of research, selecting what observations to study, and an introduction to statistics.For individuals interested in political science and research methods.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Doing Research

Social Research

Types of Political Research

Research Mix

Evaluating Different Types of Research

Ethics of Political Research

2 Political Theories and Research Topics

Causality and Political Theory

What Does Good Theory Look Like?

Example of Elegant Research: Philip Converse

To Quantify or Not

Choice of a Topic

Engineering Research

Theory-Oriented Research

Development of a Research Design

Observations, Puzzles, and the Construction of Theories

Machiavellian Guide to Developing Research Topics

Further Discussion

3 Importance of Dimensional Thinking

English as a Language for Research

Ordinary Language

Proper Use of Multidimensional Words

Example of Dimensional Analysis

Further Discussion

4 Problems of Measurement: Accuracy

Reliability

Reliability as a Characteristic of Concepts

Testing the Reliability of a Measure

Validity

Some Examples

Checks for Validity

Impact of Random and Nonrandom Errors

Importance of Accuracy

Further Discussion

5 Problems of Measurement: Precision

Precision in Measures

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