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Researching The Polity (Custom)

Researching The Polity (Custom) - 2nd edition

Researching The Polity (Custom) - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 9781592601219

ISBN10: 1592601219

Researching The Polity (Custom) by Laurence Jones and Edward Olson - ISBN 9781592601219
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: Atomic Dog
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Researching The Polity (Custom) by Laurence Jones and Edward Olson - ISBN 9781592601219

ISBN13: 9781592601219

ISBN10: 1592601219

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 05
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Summary

Researching the Polity provides students in political science with the tools and methods necessary to understand and conduct research within the sphere of their field. Examples of actual studies and a detailed workbook emphasize the role of correctly applying SPSS research software and principles when conducting studies.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Conducting Systematic Political Research: An Overview

1-1 Introduction
1-2 The Importance of Political Research: An Overview
1-3 Characteristics of Scientific Research
1-4 Acquiring Scientific Knowledge
1-5 Obstacles to the Scientific Study of Politics
1-6 The Use of Theory to Investigate the Scope of Politics
1-7 Traditional Methods Used to Investigate the Scope of Politics
1-8 Modern Methods Used to Investigate the Scope of Politics
1-9 Composite Political Research: Our Method of Choice
1-10 The Systematic Research Process

Chapter 2 - The Problem: Essence of the Research Project

2-1 Introduction
2-2 Deciding on a Potential Topic
2-3 The Research Problem
2-4 Topic Selection: Some Concluding Remarks

Chapter 3 - The Literature Review: Becoming Familiar with Your Topic

3-1 Introduction
3-2 Purpose of the Review
3-3 How to Begin the Search for Related Literature
3-4 How to Write the Literature Review

Part 2 - The Scope of Political Science
Chapter 4 - An Overview of the Political World

4-1 Introduction
4-2 Politics and Human Relations
4-3 Politics and Human Nature
4-4 The Political System
4-5 Some Key Political Concepts
4-6 The Major Political Questions
4-7 The Political Science Discipline
4-8 Political Science Subfields

Chapter 5 - The American Political Process

5-1 Introduction
5-2 Political Environment: Revolutionary Ideals and Constitutionalism
5-3 Some Key Questions
5-4 How the System Works
5-5 The American Political System

Chapter 6 - Public Administration and Public Policy

6-1 Introduction
6-2 Public Administration: Our Working Definition
6-3 The Who of Public Administration
6-4 The What of Public Administration: The Functions of Public Administration
6-5 The How of Public Administration
6-6 Administrative Ethics: A Fertile Field for Research

Chapter 7 - Comparative Politics

7-1 Introduction
7-2 The Study of Comparative Politics
7-3 Approaches to the Study of Comparative Politics
7-4 Key Questions and Concepts: Methods
7-5 Key Questions and Concepts: Substantive
7-6 The State of Comparative Politics

Chapter 8 - International Relations

8-1 Introduction
8-2 The Study of International Relations
8-3 Key Concepts
8-4 Some Key Questions
8-5 The Goals of Nation-States
8-6 How States Play the Game
8-7 The Causes of War
8-8 Approaches to the Study of International Relations

Part 3 - The Methods of Political Science
Chapter 9 - Elements of Research: Determining Causal Relationships

9-1 Introduction
9-2 Constructing Causal Explanations
9-3 Multiple Causation

Chapter 10 - Understanding Measurement

10-1 Introduction
10-2 The Theory of Measurement
10-3 Levels of Measurement
10-4 Measurement Validity
10-5 Measurement Reliability

Chapter 11 - The Research Design

11-1 Introduction
11-2 The Research Design: An Overview
11-3 Preexperimental Designs
11-4 Experimental Designs
11-5 Nonexperimental Designs
11-6 Other Types of Research Designs
11-7 Obstacles to a Successful Research Effort
11-8 A Comparison of Research Designs

Chapter 12 - Data Collection and Input

12-1 Introduction
12-2 Data Collection Techniques
12-3 Sampling
12-4 Sample Designs
12-5 Determining the Sample Size
12-6 Survey Errors
12-7 Coding the Data
12-8 Data Input

Chapter 13 - Univariate Statistics

13-1 Introduction
13-2 The Role of Statistics
13-3 Limitations of Statistics in Research
13-4 The Frequency Distribution
13-5 Graphic Presentations
13-6 Measures of Central Tendency
13-7 Measures of Dispersion
13-8 Shape of the Distribution and Metric Distributions

Chapter 14 - Bivariate Statistics

14-1 Introduction
14-2 The Rudiments of Association
14-3 Contingency Tables or Cross-Tabulation
14-4 Measures of Association
14-5 Statistical Significance and Hypothesis Testing
14-6 Bivariate Tests for Metric Data

Chapter 15 - Multivariate Analysis

15-1 Introduction
15-2 On the Nature of Control
15-3 Multivariate Cross-Tabulation to Control for the Effect of an Antecedent Variable
15-4 Multivariate Cross-Tabulation to Control for the Effect of an Intervening Variable
15-5 Disadvantages of Cross-Tabulation Procedures
15-6 Partial Correlation
15-7 Multiple Regression
15-8 Determining the Relative Importance of Coefficients

Chapter 16 - Putting It All Together

16-1 Introduction
16-2 Theoretical Implications
16-3 Policy Implications
16-4 Writing the Report
Appendixes
Appendix 1 - Sample Research Studies
1-1 Research Paper 1: Examining Public Attitudes toward Miscegenation
1-2 Research Paper 2: Examining Public Attitudes toward Workplace Equity
Appendix 2 - Political Science World Wide Web Resources
2-1 The American Political Process [Chapter 5]
2-2 Public Administration and Public Policy [Chapter 6]
2-3 Comparative Politics [Chapter 7]
2-4 International Relations [Chapter 8]
Appendix - Bibliography