Experimental Political Science and the Study of Causality From Nature to the Lab

ISBN-10: 0521136482

ISBN-13: 9780521136488

Edition: 2010

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Book details

List price: $52.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/6/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 608
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Kenneth C. Williams is currently a Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and did a postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara and also taught several summer courses at Birkbeck, University of London. He has published articles in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, Experimental Economics, Economics and Politics, the Journal of Theoretical Politics, and Public Choice. He is also co-author of Learning by Voting (with Rebecca Morton, 2001).

Introduction:
The advent of experimental political science
Experimental Reasoning about Causality:
Experiments and causal relations
The causal inference problem and the Rubin causal model
Controlling observables and unobservables
Randomization and pseudo-randomization
Formal theory and causality
What Makes a Good Experiment?:
Validity and experimental manipulations
Location, artificiality, and related design issues
Choosing subjects
Subjects' motivations
History of codes of ethics and human subjects research
Ethical decision making and political science experiments
Deception in experiments
The future of experimental political science
Appendix: the experimentalist's to do list
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