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Empirical Political Analysis

International Edition, 8th Edition

By Craig Leonard Brians

Routledge

446 pages

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Empirical Political Analysis introduces students to the full range of qualitative and quantitative methods used in political science research.

Organized around all of the stages of the research process, this comprehensive text surveys designing experiments, conducting research, evaluating results, and presenting findings. With exercises in the text and in a companion lab manual, Empirical Political Analysis gives students applied insights on the scopes and methods of political science research.

Features:

  • Offers comprehensive coverage of quantitative and qualitative research methods in political science, a hallmark since it first published over 25 years ago.
  • Covers the research process from start to finish—hypothesis formation, literature review, research design, data gathering, data analysis, and research report writing.
  • Includes in-depth examples of political science research to give discipline-specific instruction on political analysis.
  • Features a “Practical Research Ethics” box in every chapter to make students aware of common ethical dilemmas and potential solutions to them.
  • Written by political scientists who actively publish in subfields ranging from comparative politics to environmental policy to political communications to voting behavior.
  • Includes learning goals, key terms, and research examples to help students engage and explore the most important concepts.

Reviews

“This is a highly effective companion to an undergraduate research methods class; it not only introduces students to qualitative and quantitative methods but also helps them become better consumers of political science research.”–Pia Kohler, University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Table of Contents

PART I. INTRODUCTION

Chapter 1. Research as a Process

PART II. PREPARING TO DO RESEARCH

Chapter 2. Explaining the Political World: Building Theories and Hypotheses

Chapter 3. Developing Your Literature Review: What Others Say About Your Topic

Chapter 4. Designing Your Research and Choosing Your Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

Chapter 5. From Abstract to Concrete: Operationalization and Measurement

Chapter 6. Experimental Research Methods

Chapter 7. Who, What, Where, When: The Problem of Sampling

PART III. QUANTITATIVE METHODS

Chapter 8. Survey Research

Chapter 9. Combining Multiple Measures: Using Scaling Techniques

Chapter 10. Content Analysis

Chapter 11. Studying Groups with Aggregate Data

Chapter 12. Comparative Research

PART IV. ANALYZING QUANTITATIVE DATA

Chapter 13. Social Network Analysis: Finding Structure in a Complex World

Chapter 14. Data Coding

Chapter 15. Describing the Data

Chapter 16. Statistics I: Summarizing Distributions on One Variable

Chapter 17. Statistics II: Examining Relationships between Two Variables

Chapter 18. Statistics III: Examining Relationships among Several Variables

PART V. QUALITATIVE METHODS

Chapter 19. Direct Observation

Chapter 20. Focus Group Methodologies

Chapter 21. Elite and Specialized Interviewing

PART VI. CONCLUSION

Chapter 22. Writing (and Reading) the Research Report

Chapter 23. Summary

Appendix A. Statistical Tables

Appendix B. Ethical Standard in Empirical Research

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC024000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Research