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3rd Edition

Research Methods for Political Science
Quantitative, Qualitative and Mixed Method Approaches

ISBN 9780367610784
Published December 31, 2020 by Routledge
476 Pages

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Book Description

The third edition of Research Methods for Political Science retains its effective approach to helping students learn what to research, why to research and how to research. The text integrates both quantitative and qualitative approaches to research in one volume and covers such important topics as research design, specifying research problems, designing questionnaires and writing questions, designing and carrying out qualitative research and analyzing both quantitative and qualitative research data. Heavily illustrated, classroom tested, exceptionally readable and engaging, the text presents statistical methods in a conversational tone to help students surmount "math phobia."

Updates to this new edition include:

  • Research topics chapters have been upgraded and expanded.
  • Two mixed methods design chapters have been added.
  • A new chapter on hermeneutic analysis designs and research with large data sets.
  • The chapter on multivariate statistics has been expanded, with an expanded discussion on logistic regression.
  • Tools on how to prepare and present research findings are now featured in the appendix, allowing instructors more flexibility when teaching their courses.

Research Methods for Political Science will give students the confidence and knowledge they need to understand the methods and basics skills for data collection, presentation and analysis.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Foundations of Political Science Research

1. Introduction to Research Methods

2. Legal and Ethical Environment of Research

3. Research in Political Science

4. Paths Taken in Political Science Research

5. Research Decisions: Approaches and Designs

Part 2: Quantitative Research Methods

6. Fundamentals of Measurement and Statistics

7. Introduction to Sampling

8. Exploratory Research: Probing Designs

9. Descriptive Research: Survey Designs

10. Experimental Research: Causal Designs

11. Basic Exploratory and Descriptive Statistics

12. Testing Research Hypotheses

13. Correlation and Simple Linear Regression

14. Exploring Multivariate Statistics

15. Research with Very Large Data Sets (Big Data)

16. Parametric vs. Nonparametric Statistics

Part 3: Qualitative Research Methods

17. Beginning Qualitative Research: Document Research

18. Expository Research I: Text and Archival Designs

19. Expository Research II: Content, Meta-Analysis & Semiotics

20. Explanatory Research I: Case Studies and Historical Research

21. Explanatory Research II: Grounded Theory Designs

22. Interpretive Research I: Ethnographic Designs

23. Interpretive Research II: Hermeneutic Analysis Designs

24. Critical Research I: Feminist and Empowerment Designs

25. Critical Research II: Action Research Designs

26. Analyzing and Interpreting Qualitative Research Data

Part 4: Mixed Methods Designs

27. Introduction to Mixed Methods Research Designs

28. Mixed Methods Research Designs

Part 5: Appendices

Appendix A. Presenting Data in Tables, charts and Graphs

Appendix B. Preparing a Research Proposal

Appendix C. Organizing and Writing a Research Report

Appendix D. Using SPSS

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David E. McNabb is Professor Emeritus and continuing adjunct professor at the Pacific Lutheran University School of Business. He has taught undergraduate and graduate management and administration courses for Edmonds Community College, Olympic College, Oregon State University, the University of Maryland-University College (Europe), the American University in Bulgaria, and the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Latvia, a regional business education program in Northern France, and the master’s in public administration program at Evergreen State College. Dr. McNabb has served in advisory positions for the U.S. Census Bureau, Seattle and Kirkland, Washington, and as an elected commissioner for a water and wastewater district in Washington State.


"From the foundations of scientific research to advice for writing reports and presenting data, McNabb’s book offers the most exhaustive survey of methods and techniques presently available to social scientists and practitioners. The inclusion, or expansion, of chapters on multi- method research and big data brings additional richness and currency to this classic text. Ideal for instructors who need or want to cover extensive methodological ground in one or two semesters, as well as for those who want to focus on one specific research strategy."
Renato Corbetta, Associate Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham

"For years I’ve relied on McNabb’s textbook to provide a solid research methods foundation for my students. Having read the newest edition, I am pleased to see the quality of the information is unchanged! Some of the most important features are accessibility, depth and breadth of the topics, presentation of relevant examples, and thoroughness in explaining major concepts and terms. This book is a must- have for any professor who teaches a course in research methods or consistently works with students who are engaged in research projects. I’ve successfully used the material for both undergraduate and graduate students."
Brandy Faulkner, Collegiate Assistant Professor of Political Science, Virginia Tech

"This is easily one of the most comprehensive books available on the craft of political science research. Giving equal attention to both quantitative and qualitative methods, this book will be helpful to all scholars at any stage in their research. Overall, a very impressive reference tool for a wide variety of scholars."
Sarah E. Croco, Associate Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland