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Political methodology has changed dramatically over the past thirty years, and many new methods and techniques have been developed. Both the Political Methodology Society and the Qualitative/Multi-Methods Section of the American Political Science Association have engaged in ongoing research and training programs that have advanced quantitative and qualitative methodology. The Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology presents and synthesizes these developments.

The Handbook provides comprehensive overviews of diverse methodological approaches, with an emphasis on three major themes. First, specific methodological tools should be at the service of improved conceptualization, comprehension of meaning, measurement, and data collection. They should increase analysts' leverage in reasoning about causal relationships and evaluating them empirically by contributing to powerful research designs. Second, the authors explore the many different ways of addressing these tasks: through case-studies and large-n designs, with both quantitative and qualitative data, and via techniques ranging from statistical modelling to process tracing. Finally, techniques can cut across traditional methodological boundaries and can be useful for many different kinds of researchers. Many of the authors thus explore how their methods can inform, and be used by, scholars engaged in diverse branches of methodology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199286546
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2008
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier is the Vernal Riffe Professor of Political Science, Director of the Program in Statistics and Methodology, and courtesy faculty of Sociology at the Ohio State University. She holds a B.A. in mathematics and political science from Coe College and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

Henry E. Brady is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in Economics and Political Science from MIT, and his areas of interest include Quantitative Methodology, American and Canadian Politics, and Political Behavior. He teaches undergraduate courses on political participation and party systems and graduate courses on advanced quantitative methodology.

David Collier is Professor of Political Science at University of California, Berkeley and former President of the American Political Science Association. His fields are comparative politics, Latin American politics, and methodology. His latest book is Rethinking Social Inquiry: Diverse Tools, Shared Standards, of which he is co-editor and co-author with Henry E. Brady.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Introduction

1 Political Science Methodology Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier Box-Steffensmeier, Janet M. Henry E. Brady Brady, Henry E. David Collier Collier, David 3

Pt. II Approaches to Social Science Methodology

2 Normative Methodology Russell Hardin Hardin, Russell 35

3 Meta-methodology: Clearing the Underbrush Mark Bevir Bevir, Mark 48

4 Agent-based Modeling Scott de Marchi de Marchi, Scott Scott E. Page Page, Scott E. 71

Pt. III Concepts and Measurement

5 Concepts, Theories, and Numbers: A Checklist for Constructing, Evaluating, and Using Concepts or Quantitative Measures Gary Goertz Goertz, Gary 97

6 Measurement Simon Jackman Jackman, Simon 119

7 Typologies: Forming Concepts and Creating Categorical Variables David Collier Collier, David Jody LaPorte LaPorte, Jody Jason Seawright Seawright, Jason 152

8 Measurement versus Calibration: A Set-theoretic Approach Charles C. Ragin Ragin, Charles C. 174

9 The Evolving Influence of Psychometrics in Political Science Keith T. Poole Poole, Keith T. 199

Pt. IV Causality and Explanation in Social Research

10 Causation and Explanation in Social Science Henry E. Brady Brady, Henry E. 217

11 The Neyman-Rubin Model of Causal Inference and Estimation via Matching Methods Jasjeet S. Sekhon Sekhon, Jasjeet S. 271

12 On Types of Scientific Enquiry: The Role of Qualitative Reasoning David A. Freedman Freedman, David A. 300

13 Studying Mechanisms to Strengthen Causal Inferences in Quantitative Research Peter Hedstrom Hedstrom, Peter 319

Pt. V Experiments, Quasi-Experiments and Natural Experiments

14 Experimentation in Political Science Rebecca B. Morton Morton, Rebecca B. Kenneth C. WilliamsWilliams, Kenneth C. 339

15 Field Experiments and Natural Experiments Alan S. Gerber Gerber, Alan S. Donald P. Green Green, Donald P. 357

Pt. VI Quantitative Tools for Descriptive and Causal Inference: General Methods

16 Survey Methodology Richard Johnston Johnston, Richard 385

17 Endogeneity and Structural Equation Estimation in Political Science John E. Jackson Jackson, John E. 404

18 Structural Equation Models Kenneth A. Bollen Bollen, Kenneth A. Sophia Rabe-Hesketh Rabe-Hesketh, Sophia Anders Skrondal Skrondal, Anders 432

19 Time-series Analysis Jon C. Pevehouse Pevehouse, Jon C. Jason D. Brozek Brozek, Jason D. 456

20 Time-series Cross-section Methods Nathaniel Beck Beck, Nathaniel 475

21 Bayesian Analysis Andrew D. Martin Martin, Andrew D. 494

Pt. VII Quantitative Tools for Descriptive and Causal Inference: Special Topics

22 Discrete Choice Methods Garrett Glasgow Glasgow, Garrett R. Michael Alvarez Alvarez, R. Michael 513

23 Survival Analysis Jonathan Golub Golub, Jonathan 530

24 Cross-level/Ecological Inference Wendy K. Tam Cho Cho, Wendy K. Tam Charles F. Manski Manski, Charles F. 547

25 Empirical Models of Spatial Interdependence Robert J. Franzese, Jr. Franzese, Robert J., Jr. Jude C. Hays Hays, Jude C. 570

26 Multilevel Models Bradford S. Jones Jones, Bradford S. 605

Pt. VIII Qualitative Tools for Descriptive and Causal Inference

27 Counterfactuals and Case Studies Jack S. Levy Levy, Jack S. 327

28 Case Selection for Case-study Analysis: Qualitative and Quantitative Techniques John Gerring Gerring, John 645

29 Interviewing and Qualitative Field Methods: Pragmatism and Practicalities Brian C. Rathbun Rathbun, Brian C. 685

30 Process Tracing: A Bayesian Perspective Andrew Bennett Bennett, Andrew 702

31 Case-oriented Configurational Research: Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), Fuzzy Sets, and Related Techniques Benoit Rihoux Rihoux, Benoit 722

32 Comparative-historical Analysis in Contemporary Political Science James Mahoney Mahoney, James P. Larkin Terrie Terrie, P. Larkin 737

33 Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods James D. Fearon Fearon, James D. David D. Laitin Laitin, David D. 756

Pt. IX Organizations, Institutions, and Movements in the Field of Methodology

34 Qualitative and Multimethod Research: Organizations, Publication, and Reflections on Integration David Collier Collier, David Colin Elman Elman, Colin 779

35 Quantitative Methodology Charles H. Franklin Franklin, Charles H. 796

36 Forty Years of Publishing in Quantitative Methodology Michael S. Lewis-Beck Lewis-Beck, Michael S. 814

37 The EITM Approach: Origins and Interpretations John H. Aldrich Aldrich, John H. James E. Alt Alt, James E. Arthur Lupia Lupia, Arthur 828

Index 844

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