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Handbook of Research Methods in Public Administration

2nd Edition

Edited by Gerald J. Miller, Kaifeng Yang

CRC Press

992 pages | 128 B/W Illus.

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Describing new techniques and novel applications, Handbook of Research Methods in Public Administration, Second Edition demonstrates the use of tools designed to meet the increased complexity of problems in government and non-profit organizations with ever-more rigorous and systematic research. It presents detailed information on conceptualizing, planning, and implementing research projects involving a wide variety of available methodologies. Providing a reference of systematic research methods, this second edition explains how these techniques aid in understanding traditional issues, and reveals how they might be applied to answer emerging theoretical and practical questions.

Following a linear, logical organization, this handbook meets systematic goals and objectives through eight groups of chapters. The first group explains the logic of inquiry and the practical problems of locating existing research. The second group deals with research design and the third examines pitfalls in measurement and data collection. The authors give practical, considered advice in the fourth section to anticipate and solve data management problems. They include numerous illustrations to supplement two separate sections devoted to basic and advanced quantitative analysis. The seventh section covers unique analytical techniques used to gain insight specific to the non-market sector’s knotty problems. The final section addresses the impact of research and describes how to overcome illusive, tricky, and sizeable barriers to influence other researchers, decision makers, foundations, and grant making institutions.

With a comprehensive survey of research methods and an examination of their practical and theoretical application in the past, present, and future, Handbook of Research Methods in Public Administration, Second Edition gives you the tools to make informed decisions.

Table of Contents

Theory-based Public administration inquiry

The Logic of Inquiry in the Field of Public Administration, N.M. Riccucci

Theory, H.T. Miller

Dealing with Multiple Paradigms in Public Administration Research, K. Yang, Y. Zhang, and M. Holzer

Where Do Research Questions Come From And How Are They Developed? S.J. Yeager

Writing a Literature Review: The Art of Scientific Literature, D.A. Bearfield and W.S. Eller

Research design

Purpose and Significance of Research Design, J.B. Justice

The Research Problem, Method, and Serendipity: One Investigator's Journey, J.S. Bowman

Threats to Validity in Research Designs, N.A. Giannatasio

The Responsible Conduct of Social Research, P. Coontz

Qualitative Research Methods, V. Gabrielian, K. Yang, and S. Spice

Comparative Research in Public Administration: A Historical-Institutionalist Perspective, R.S. Kravchuk

Legal Research Methods, J. Beckett

Measurement and data collection

Describing and Measuring Phenomena in Public Administration, L.T. Hu & D. Olshfski

Sampling and Data Collection, A. Northrop and S. Arsneault

Using the Survey as an Instrument of Inquiry in Research, S.R. Majumdar

Questionnaire Construction, D. Robbins

Collecting Survey Data via Telephone: A Primer, R.W. Schwester

Obtaining Archival and Other Existing Records, S.J. Piotrowski

Data management

General Issues in Data Management, R.K. Chavda

Constructing Data Sets and Manipulating Data, C. Scavo

Managing Large-Scale Electronic Data for Public Administration Research: An Information System Approach, Y.C. Chen

Basic quantitative analysis

Introduction to Data Analysis, K.Chavda

Applying Matrix Algebra in Statistical Analysis, S.R. Majumdar

Univariate Analysis, C. Mo

Statistics for Nominal and Ordinal Data, M. Margolis

Analysis of Variance, C. Cirincione

Linear Correlation and Regression, L.R. Alm and S.G. Mason

Advanced quantitative analysis

Multivariate Regression Analysis, E.A. Graddy and L. Wang

Multivariate Techniques for Dichotomous Dependent Variables: An Application to Public Policy, M.C. Shelley

Identifying Dimensions and Types in Public Administration Research: Introduction to Principal Component Analysis, Factor Analysis and Other Clustering Techniques, G. Julnes

Confirmatory Factor Analysis: A Practical Introduction, D.H. Coursey

Introduction to Panel Data Analysis: Concepts and Practices, T.H. Eom, S.H. Lee, and H. Xu

Forecasting Methods for Serial Data, D. Williams

Other techniques

Data Envelopment Analysis for Performance Assessment and Decision-Making: An Introduction, P. De Lancer Julnes

Content Analysis, C.C. Bowen and W.M. Bowen

Meta-Analysis, C.C. Bowen

Q Methodology, S.R. Brown, D.W. Durning, and S.Selden

Methods of Network Analysis, S.A. Andrew and R.C. Feiock

Economic Modeling, R.J. Hy and J.R. Wollscheid

Grounded Analysis: Going Beyond Description to Derive Theory from Qualitative Data, R. Brower and H.S. Jeong

Research Methods Using Geographic Information Systems, A. Haque

Reporting, presentation, and teaching

Presenting Quantitative Research Results, J.E. Miller

Styles of Scholarship in Public Administration, K. Farmbry and L. Bennett

Making the Translation: Strategies for Effective Data Presentation, M. Holzer, K. Kloby, and A. Manoharan

Influencing the Policy Process and Making Reports Usable to Citizens, K. Callahan

Applying for Research Grants, N. De Haan

About the Series

Public Administration and Public Policy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Government & Business
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration