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Research Methods in Politics - Roger Pierce

Research Methods in Politics

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Research Methods in Politics is an accessible and student-friendly guide to the use of qualitative and quantitative methods in researching politics. This clearly written book is ideal for use on introductory methods courses and its helpful structure also makes it a useful guide for readers who are doing their own research project. The inclusion of chapter objectives, regular summaries, questions for discussion, and tasks and assignments, makes this the must-have text for anyone studying research methods as part of an undergraduate or graduate politics course.

Power in Research, Ethics, Data Protection and Bias
The Philosophy and Principles of Research
Qualitative versus Quantitative Methods
A Relevant Argument?
Collecting Data Sets
Case Studies, Experimental, Comparative, Longitudinal and Action Research Models
Collecting Information
Critically Evaluating Published Research
Evaluating Information
Validity, Reliability, Accuracy, Triangulation
Completing a Literature Review
Accessing Published Information
Asking Questions
Effective Elite Interviews, Vignettes, Projective Questions and Focus Groups
Questionnaire Surveys
Data Analysis
Analyzing Research Data
The Process
Quantitative Analysis
Calculating and Interpretating Descriptive Statistics
Using and Understanding Inferential Statistics
Testing for Association
Applying Factor Analysis and Other Advanced Techniques
Qualitative Analysis
Analyzing Qualitative Information
Classifying, Coding and Interpreting Information
Using Content Analysis
Understanding and Adopting Discourse and Narrative Analysis
Communicating Research
Writing Up
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ISBN: 9781412935517
ISBN-10: 1412935512
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 18th April 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 18.8  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.66