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Updated in a new 8th edition, this book introduces readers to the full range of qualitative and quantitative methods used in political science research. Organized around all of the stages of the research process, this comprehensive book surveys designing experiments, conducting research, evaluating results, and presenting findings. With exercises in the text and in a companion lab manual, Empirical Political Analysis gives readers applied insights on the scopes and methods of political science research.
Craig Leonard Brians is Associate Professor of Political Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Lars Willnat is Professor of Journalism at Indiana University.
Jarol B. Manheim is Professor of Media and Public Affairs and of Political Science at the George Washington University.
Richard C. Rich is Professor of Political Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Table of Contents
PART I. INTRODUCTION
Chapter 1. Research as a Process
PART II. PREPARING TO DO RESEARCH
Chapter 2. Explaining the Political World: Building Theories and Hypotheses
Chapter 3. Developing Your Literature Review: What Others Say About Your Topic
Chapter 4. Designing Your Research and Choosing Your Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
Chapter 5. From Abstract to Concrete: Operationalization and Measurement
Chapter 6. Experimental Research Methods
Chapter 7. Who, What, Where, When: The Problem of Sampling
PART III. QUANTITATIVE METHODS
Chapter 8. Survey Research
Chapter 9. Combining Multiple Measures: Using Scaling Techniques
Chapter 10. Content Analysis
Chapter 11. Studying Groups with Aggregate Data
Chapter 12. Comparative Research
PART IV. ANALYZING QUANTITATIVE DATA
Chapter 13. Social Network Analysis: Finding Structure in a Complex World
Chapter 14. Data Coding
Chapter 15. Describing the Data
Chapter 16. Statistics I: Summarizing Distributions on One Variable
Chapter 17. Statistics II: Examining Relationships between Two Variables
Chapter 18. Statistics III: Examining Relationships among Several Variables
PART V. QUALITATIVE METHODS
Chapter 19. Direct Observation
Chapter 20. Focus Group Methodologies
Chapter 21. Elite and Specialized Interviewing
PART VI. CONCLUSION
Chapter 22. Writing (and Reading) the Research Report
Chapter 23. Summary
Appendix A. Statistical Tables
Appendix B. Ethical Standard in Empirical Research