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Political Research: Methods and Practical Skills (3rd edition)

ISBN : 9780198820628

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¥6,204
Author: 
Sandra Halperin; Oliver Heath
Pages
520 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
189 x 246 mm
Pub date
Apr 2020
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  • Discusses step-by-step how to conduct research to support students through the entire research process
  • Broad coverage of both quantitative and qualitative methods makes it relevant to any research project
  • Discussion of key debates of theory, methodology, and the philosophy of social science to broaden students' knowledge of research methods
  • Includes a range of learning features such as chapter summaries and test questions to re-inforce students' understanding of research methods

New to this Edition:

  • Updated and additional 'real world' examples, such as who voted for Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, and the impact of anti-terrorism policy on citizenship, show you how methods are used in practice
  • New 'Research in Action' boxes provide summaries of published research, to help put your research project into practical context
  • Reflects current developments in the field, including the importance of ethics, changes in digital research and internet ethnography, and analysis of the 'digital divide'

       
How do I determine my research question? How do I answer my research question? What is data? How do I conduct research in an ethical way?
   
Political Research: Methods and Practical Skills equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to answer questions such as these. Using a step-by-step approach, the authors guide you through the process of asking and answering research questions, and the different methods used in political science. With coverage of both quantitative and qualitative methods, the authors provide advice on how to be critical, rigorous and ethical when both evaluating research findings and conducting your own independent research.
  
The book emphasises how research can impact our ability to answer important political questions, and helps you to learn how to formulate significant questions, make sense of conflicting arguments, and develop your research skills.

Index: 

1: Political Research

PART I: PHILOSOPHY OF SOCIAL SCIENCE: KNOWLEDGE AND KNOWING IN SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH
2: Laws, Explanation, and Interpretation
3: Objectivity and Values

PART II: HOW TO DO RESEARCH: AN OVERVIEW
4: Asking Questions: research questions and how to find and formulate them
5: Finding Answers: theories and how to apply them
6: Research Design
7: What is Data?

PART III: HOW TO DO RESEARCH IN PRACTICE
8: Experimental Research
9: Comparative Research
10: Historical research
11: Surveys
12: Interviewing and Focus Groups
13: Ethnography and Participant Observation
14: Textual Analysis
15: Quantitative Analysis: Description and Inference
16: Patterns of Association: Bivariate Analysis
17: A Guide to Multivariate Analysis

About the author: 

Sandra Halperin, Professor of International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London

Oliver Heath, Professor of Politics, Royal Holloway, University of London

Review from previous edition 
'The writing style and tone is exactly right... No other book on the market is comparable in terms of clarity and authority, detail and register - over even the commonest research techniques.' -- Dr Helen Brocklehurst, University of Derby
  

'The biggest advantage of the book is the quality of its writing style. It actually demystifies the research process for students right from the start. The authors just really 'get it' when it comes to knowing how students are coming at this.' --Dr Matthew Ryan, University of Southampton
  
  
'Overall, this is a fantastic book, and it is refreshing to have a politics-specific book writing in a clear manner, especially without taking sides in the quantitative versus qualitative debate.' --Dr Helen Williams, University of Nottingham
  

'A really thorough and well-written overview of contemporary research methods in politics.' --Dr Alistair McMillan, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield
   
'I wish I had this book when I first started my degree. A great tool.' --Hal Meakin, Second Year Politics Student, Brunel University

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