Research Methods in Politics

ISBN-10: 1412935512
ISBN-13: 9781412935517
Edition: 2008
Authors: Roger Pierce
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List price: $71.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Limited
Publication date: 4/28/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Research Methods in Politics is an accessible and student-friendly guide to the use of qualitative and quantitative methods in researching politics. This clearly written book is ideal for use on introductory methods courses and its helpful structure also makes it a useful guide for readers who are doing their own research project. Roger Pierce covers every angle in his overview of contemporary approaches to political research: Part I: Introduction gives a solid overview of the philosophy and principles of research. Part II: Methodologies presents qualitative and quantitative research methods, introduces research design and offers a critical review of selected methods. Part III: Collecting Information concentrates on methods of gathering information, such as interviews and focus groups, and discusses issues associated with ensuring quality of information. Part IV: Analyzing and Interpreting the Information deals with selecting and employing appropriate methods for analyzing and interpreting data, and covers the process of communicating research. Methods for analyzing both quantitative and qualitative information are covered, including factor analysis and discourse analysis. The inclusion of chapter objectives, regular summaries, questions for discussion, and tasks and assignments, makes this the must-have text for anyone studying research methods as part of an undergraduate or graduate politics course.

Introduction
Introduction
Power in Research, Ethics, Data Protection and Bias
The Philosophy and Principles of Research
Methodologies
Qualitative versus Quantitative Methods
A Relevant Argument?
Collecting Data Sets
Case Studies, Experimental, Comparative, Longitudinal and Action Research Models
Collecting Information
Critically Evaluating Published Research
Evaluating Information
Validity, Reliability, Accuracy, Triangulation
Completing a Literature Review
Accessing Published Information
Asking Questions
Effective Elite Interviews, Vignettes, Projective Questions and Focus Groups
Questionnaire Surveys
Observation
Data Analysis
Analyzing Research Data
The Process
Quantitative Analysis
Calculating and Interpretating Descriptive Statistics
Using and Understanding Inferential Statistics
Testing for Association
Applying Factor Analysis and Other Advanced Techniques
Qualitative Analysis
Analyzing Qualitative Information
Classifying, Coding and Interpreting Information
Using Content Analysis
Understanding and Adopting Discourse and Narrative Analysis
Communicating Research
Writing Up

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