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2nd Edition

Research Design
Succesful Designs for Social Economics Research

ISBN 9780415223133
Published August 31, 2000 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

Providing a practical overview for graduates and professional researchers, this book highlights the central issues involved in the design of medium to large scale social and economic research. Covering both theoretical and policy research Hakim sets out the key features, strengths and limitations of eight main types of study, with illustrations from real life research of the kinds of questions each can best be used to answer. This book also offers a more general pragmatic discussion of strategies for choosing between one design and another, and on how different types of study can be successfully combined in wider ranging research programmes.

In this expanded second edition the author has added new material on areas of contemporary significance across the social and economic sciences. New features to this edition are:
* a chapter on cross-national comparative studies
* more examples throughout the text of comparative research both within Europe and across modern societies
* discussions of student theses, advocacy research, selection effects and collaboration.

Table of Contents

Key to Abbreviations Preface 1. Introduction 2. Part One: Types of Research Study 3. Research Reviews, Meta-analysis and Secondary Analysis 4. Qualitative Research 5. Administrative Records and Documents 6. Cast Studies 7. Ad Hoc Sample Surveys 8. Regular Surveys 9. Longitudinal Studies 10. Experimental Social Research 11.Part Two: Putting Together a Research Design 12. Choices and Combinations 13. Research Programmes 14. The Organisation and Funding of Research 15. Cross-National Comparative Studies 15. Conclusion Bibliography Author Index Subject Index

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Catherine Hakim is Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics