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Essentials Of Political Research : Essentials of Political Science - Alan Monroe

Essentials Of Political Research

Essentials of Political Science

Paperback Published: 1st August 2000
ISBN: 9780813368665
Number Of Pages: 215

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This text is a complete introduction to research methods in political science, covering all the topics typically included in a one semester undergraduate-level course. It concentrates on the basics of what a student needs to know how to do to be an effective consumer of scientific research and begin to conduct his or her own research projects. The approach of "learning by doing" is encouraged through numerous examples and exercises. The book is written in an informal style, with minimal use of technical jargon.

List of Tables and Figuresp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
The Scientific Study of Research Questionsp. 1
What Does It Mean to Be Scientific?p. 2
Distinguishing Empirical and Normative Questionsp. 3
Reformulating Normative Questions as Empiricalp. 6
Research Questionsp. 8
The Scientific Research Processp. 10
Exercisesp. 12
Suggested Answers to Exercisesp. 13
Building Blocks of the Research Processp. 17
Theories, Hypotheses, and Operational Definitions: An Overviewp. 17
Types of Hypothesesp. 19
Theoretical Rolep. 20
Units of Analysisp. 22
Operational Definitionsp. 25
Exercisesp. 28
Suggested Answers to Exercisesp. 29
Research Designp. 31
The Concept of Causalityp. 31
Types of Research Designp. 32
Exercisesp. 43
Suggested Answers to Exercisesp. 44
Published Data Sourcesp. 47
The Internet as Data Sourcep. 48
The Importance of Units of Analysisp. 48
Strategies for Finding Data Sourcesp. 50
Some General Data Sourcesp. 52
Demographic Datap. 52
Political and Governmental Data for Nationsp. 54
Data on U.S. Government and Politicsp. 54
Survey Datap. 57
Content Analysisp. 58
Steps in Content Analysisp. 59
Issues in Content Analysisp. 64
Exercisesp. 64
Suggested Answers to Exercisesp. 65
Survey Researchp. 67
Samplingp. 67
Interviewingp. 71
Writing Survey Itemsp. 73
Exercisesp. 78
Suggested Answers to Exercisesp. 79
Statistics: An Introductionp. 83
Levels of Measurementp. 83
Univariate Statisticsp. 90
The Concept of Relationshipp. 92
Multivariate Statisticsp. 98
Exercisesp. 100
Suggested Answers to Exercisesp. 102
Graphic Display of Datap. 105
Graphics for Univariate Distributionsp. 106
Graphics for Multivariate Relationshipsp. 107
How Not to Lie with Graphicsp. 109
The Need for Standardizationp. 112
Principles for Good Graphicsp. 113
Exercisesp. 115
Suggested Answers to Exercise Ap. 116
Nominal and Ordinal Statisticsp. 117
Correlations for Nominal Variablesp. 117
Correlations for Ordinal Variablesp. 120
Chi-Square: A Significance Testp. 124
Additional Correlations for Nominal Variablesp. 130
Interpreting Contingency Tables Using Statisticsp. 133
Exercisesp. 135
Suggested Answers to Exercisesp. 136
Interval Statisticsp. 141
The Regression Linep. 141
Pearson's rp. 144
Nonlinear Relationshipsp. 147
Relationships Between Interval and Nominal Variablesp. 151
Exercisesp. 151
Suggested Answers to Exercisesp. 153
Multivariate Statisticsp. 159
Controlling with Contingency Tablesp. 159
What Can Happen When You Controlp. 160
Controlling with Interval Variables: Partial Correlationsp. 167
The Multiple Correlationp. 173
Significance Test for R[superscript 2]p. 176
Beta Weightsp. 177
Causal Interpretationp. 178
Exercisesp. 186
Suggested Answers to Exercisesp. 190
Referencesp. 195
Indexp. 197
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ISBN: 9780813368665
ISBN-10: 0813368669
Series: Essentials of Political Science
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 215
Published: 1st August 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.64 x 13.87  x 1.32
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1