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The Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology

ISBN : 9780199585564

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Author: 
Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier; Henry E. Brady; David Collier
Pages
896 Pages
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Paperback
Size
171 x 247 mm
Pub date
Jun 2010
Series
Oxford Handbooks of Political Science
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Political methodology has changed dramatically over the past thirty years, and many new methods and techniques have been developed. Both the Political Methodology Society and the Qualitative/Multi-Methods Section of the American Political Science Association have engaged in ongoing research and training programs that have advanced quantitative and qualitative methodology. The Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology presents and synthesizes these developments. The Handbook provides comprehensive overviews of diverse methodological approaches, with an emphasis on three major themes. First, specific methodological tools should be at the service of improved conceptualization, comprehension of meaning, measurement, and data collection. They should increase analysts' leverage in reasoning about causal relationships and evaluating them empirically by contributing to powerful research designs. Second, the authors explore the many different ways of addressing these tasks: through case-studies and large-n designs, with both quantitative and qualitative data, and via techniques ranging from statistical modelling to process tracing. Finally, techniques can cut across traditional methodological boundaries and can be useful for many different kinds of researchers. Many of the authors thus explore how their methods can inform, and be used by, scholars engaged in diverse branches of methodology.

Index: 

PART I: INTRODUCTION
1. Political Science Methodology
2. Normative Methodology
PART II: APPROACHES TO SOCIAL SCIENCE METHODOLOGY
3. Meta-methodology: Clearing the Underbrush
4. Agent-based Modeling
PART III: CONCEPTS AND MEASUREMENT
5. Concepts, Theories, and Numbers: A Checklist for Constructing, Evaluating, and Using Concepts or Quantitative Measures
6. Measurement
7. Typologies: Forming Concepts and Creating Catagorical Variables
8. Measurement versus Calibration: A Set-theoretic Approach
9. The Evolving Influence of Psychometrics in Political Science
PART IV: CAUSALITY AND EXPLANATION IN SOCIAL RESEARCH
10. Causation and Explanation in Social Science
11. The Neyman-Rubin Model of Causal Inference and Estimation via Matching Methods
12. On Types of Scientific Enquiry: The Role of Qualitative Reasoning
13. Studying Mechanisms to Strengthen Causal Inferences in Quantitative Research
PART V: EXPERIMENTS, QUASI-EXPERIMENTS AND NATURAL EXPERIMENTS
14. Experimentation in Political Science
15. Field Experiments and Natural Experiments
PART VI: QUANTITATIVE TOOLS FOR DESCRIPTIVE AND CAUSAL INFERENCE: GENERAL METHODS
16. Survey Methodology
17. Endogeneity and Structural Equation Estimation in Political Science
18. Structural Equation Models
19. Time-series Analysis
20. Time-series Cross-section Methods
21. Bayesian Analysis
PART VII: QUANTITATIVE TOOLS FOR DESCRIPTIVE AND CAUSAL INFERENCE: SPECIAL TOPICS
22. Discrete Choice Methods
23. Survival Analysis
24. Cross-level/Ecological Inference
25. Empirical Models of Spatial Interdependence
26. Multilevel Models
PART VIII: QUALITATIVE TOOLS FOR DESCRIPTIVE AND CAUSAL INFERENCE
27. Counterfactuals and Case Studies
28. Case Selection for Case-study Analysis: Qualitative and Quantitative Techniques
29. Interviewing and Qualitative Field Methods: Pragmatism and Practicalities
30. Process Tracing: A Bayesian Perspective
31. Case-oriented Configurational Research: Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), Fuzzy Sets, and Related Techniques
32. Comparative-historical Analysis in Contemporary Political Science
33. Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
PART IX: ORGANIZATIONS, INSTITUTIONS, AND MOVEMENTS IN THE FIELD OF METHODOLOGY
34. Qualitative and Multimethod Research: Organizations, Publication, and Reflections on Integration
35. Quantitative Methodology
36. Forty Years of Publishing in Quantitative Methodology
37. The EITM Approach: Origins and Interpretations
Index

About the author: 

Janet Box-Steffensmeier is the Vernal Riffe Professor of Political Science, Director of the Program in Statistics and Methodology, and courtesy faculty of Sociology at the Ohio State University. She holds a B.A. in mathematics and political science from Coe College (1988), and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Texas at Austin (1993). ; Henry Brady is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in Economics and Political Science from MIT in 1980. His areas of interest include Quantitative Methodology, American and Canadian Politics, and Political Behavior. He teaches undergraduate courses on political participation and party systems and graduate courses on advanced quantitative methodology. ; David Collier is Professor of Political Science at University of California, Berkeley and former President of the American Political Science Association. His fields are comparative politics, Latin American politics, and methodology. His latest book is Rethinking Social Inquiry: Diverse Tools, Shared Standards (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004), of which he is co-editor and co-author with his Berkeley colleague Henry E. Brady.

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