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New Tools for Social Scientsts: Advances and Applications in Research Methods

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This volume reviews the most important recent advances in quantitative social science methodology. Broad coverage is given to techniques applicable to the study of a wide variety of topics. To better explain these techniques, each chapter includes an extensive treatment of just one or two substantive applications. Limited to a small number of applications, the authors are able to discuss the methodological choices involved in research to a degree rarely found in social science ...

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Overview

This volume reviews the most important recent advances in quantitative social science methodology. Broad coverage is given to techniques applicable to the study of a wide variety of topics. To better explain these techniques, each chapter includes an extensive treatment of just one or two substantive applications. Limited to a small number of applications, the authors are able to discuss the methodological choices involved in research to a degree rarely found in social science literature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803922563
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/1/1986
  • Pages: 288

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Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1980. Major research and teaching interests include public policy, budgeting, state politics and research methodology. Berry’s primary areas of interest are public policy, American state politics, and research methodology. Throughout his career, his work has focused on explaining why governments make the policy choices they do, and improving the methodologies available for studying policy making. Among his current research projects are analyses of the impact of electoral competition on the policy choices made by state legislators, and the effect of state welfare policy on poverty in the United States. Berry’s current research on methodology focuses on the development of techniques for estimating econometric models with binary dependent variables, and methods for studying policy diffusion using geographical information systems. Berry has also been working for several years collecting data on outcomes of all state legislative elections in the U.S. since the 1960s; he has begun to use these data to study the behavior of challengers in state legislative elections, and the role of partisan and incumbent protection goals in determining the nature of redistricting in state legislatures.

Professor Emeritus Political Science
F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professo

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: MEASUREMENT STRATEGIES
Introduction
The Analysis of Covariance Structure Models
Q Technique and Method
Nonparametric Multidimensional Scaling and Individual Difference Scaling
PART TWO: TECHNIQUES FOR NONINTERVAL DATA
Introduction
Logit and Probit Models for Multivariance Analysis with Qualitative Dependent Variables
Using Categorical Regression to Analyze Multivariate Contingency Tables
PART THREE: DYNAMIC ANALYSIS
Introduction
Interrupted Time Series
Transfer Function Analysis
The Uses of Limits and Possibility in Social Science Research

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