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Craft of Political Research

ISBN-10: 0205791204
ISBN-13: 9780205791200
Edition: 8th 2011
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Book details

List price: $54.00
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 2/8/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

W. Phillips Shively is Morse-Alumni Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota, where he moved in 1971 after teaching at the University of Oregon and Yale University. He has also served as Visiting Professor at the University of Oslo in Norway. His research, which has appeared in numerous articles, deals with the comparative study of elections, and he has written The Craft of Political Research, an introduction to research techniques. He has also had practical political experience as a lobbyist in Minnesota. His true love is bird-watching.

Foreword
Preface
Doing Research
Social Research
Types of Political Research
Research Mix
Evaluating Different Types of Research
Ethics of Political Research
Political Theories and Research Topics
Causality and Political Theory
What Does Good Theory Look Like?
Example of Elegant Research: Phillip 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
Importance of Dimensional Thinking
English as A Language for Research
Ordinary Language
Proper Use of Multidimensional Words
Example of Dimensional Analysis
Further Discussion
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
Problems of Measurement: Precision
Precision In Measures
Precision In Measurement
Innate Nature of Levels of Measurement
The Sin of Wasting Information
Enrichment of the Level of Precision in Measurement
Examples of Enrichment
Quantifiers and Nonquantifiers Again
Further Discussion
Causal Thinking and Design of Research
Causality: An Interpretation
Elimination of Alternative Causal Interpretations
Summary
A Few Basics of Research Design
Designs without a Control Group
Use of a Control Group
True Experiment
Designs for Political Research
Special Design Problem for Policy Analysis: Regression to the Mean
Use of Varied Designs and Measures
Example of Varied Designs and Measures
Conclusion
Holding A Variable Constant
Further Discussion
Selection of Observations for Study
Sampling From A Population of Potential Observations
Random Sampling
Quasi-Random Sampling
Purposive Sampling
Selection of Cases for Case Studies
Censored Data
When Scholars Pick, the Cases They're Interested In
When Nature Censors Data
Selection Along The Dependent Variable: Don't Do It!
Selection of Cases for Case Studies (AGAIN)
Another Strategy, However: Single-Case Studies Selected for The Relationship between The Independent and Dependent Variables
Further Discussion
Introduction to Statistics: Measuring Relationships for Interval Data
Statistics
Importance of Levels of Measurement
Working With Interval Data
Regression Analysis
Correlation Analysis
Correlation and Regression Compared
Problem of Measurement Error
Further Discussion
Introduction to Statistics: Further Topics on Measurement of Relationships
Measures of Relationships for Ordinal Data
Measures of Relationships for Nominal Data
Dichotomies and Regression Analysis
Logit and Probit Analysis
Multivariate Analysis
Conclusion
Introduction to Statistics: Inference, or How to Gamble on Your Research
Logic of Measuring Significance
Example of Statistical Inference
Hypothesis Testing
Null Hypothesis
Example: x<sup>2</sup>
Sampling Distribution
Importance of N
Problem of Independent Observations
Significance Test: Always Necessary?
Polling and Significance Tests
Uses and Limitations of Statistical Tests
Conclusion
Further Discussion
Where Do Theories Come From?
Selected Bibliography
Index

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