Empirical Political Analysis Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods

ISBN-10: 0205576400
ISBN-13: 9780205576401
Edition: 7th 2008
List price: $131.00
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Description: 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. nbsp; Organized around the various  More...

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Book details

List price: $131.00
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Longman Publishing
Publication date: 7/30/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

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. nbsp; 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.

Craig Leonard Briansis Associate Professor of Political Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. nbsp; Lars Willnatis Professor of Journalism at Indiana University. nbsp; Jarol B. Manheimis Professor of Media and Public Affairs and of Political Science at the George Washington University. nbsp; Richard C. Richis Professor of Political Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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
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