The Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology

The Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology

by Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier, Henry E. Brady
     
 

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ISBN-10: 019928654X

ISBN-13: 9780199286546

Pub. Date: 10/15/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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

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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.

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)

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction
1. 1. Political Science Methodology as a Disciplinary Crossroads: An Overview of Diverse Influence., Janet Box-Steffensmeier, Henry Brady, and David Collier
2. 1. Building Blocks of Social Science Methodology., Russell Hardin
Part II: Intentionality, Rationality and Individual Action: Alternative Views
3. Interpretive Perspectives: Meaning, Action and Intersubjectivity, John Gerring
4. New Economic Perspectives: Beliefs, Signaling, Updating and Expectations, James Johnson
Part III: Concepts and Measurement.
5. Theoretical Approaches to Concepts, Gary Goertz
6. The Evolving Influence of Psychometrics and Measurement Theory, Keith T. Poole
7. Measurement in Qualitative Research and Exemplars of Concept Formation and Measurement, David Collier
8. General Lessons on Measurement, Simon Jackman
Part IV: Causality and Explanation in Social Research
9. What is Causality?, Henry Brady
10. Statistical Framework for Inferring Causality, David Freeman
11. Causal Inference in Quantitative and Qualitative Research, Jasjeet Sekhon
Part V: Quantitative Tools for Causal Inference
12. History of Quantitative Methodology, John E. Jackson
13. Bayesian Analysis, Andrew D. Martin
14. Time-Series Cross-Sectional Data Technique, Nathanial Beck
15. Spatial Analysis, Rober Franzese and Jude Hayes
16. Hierarchical Modeling, Bradford Stephen Jones
17. Discrete Choice Modeling, R. Michael Alvarez and Garret Glasgow
18. Ecological Inference, Wendy K. Cho and Charles Manski
19. Survey Methodology, Richard Johnston
20. Survival Analysis, John Golub
21. Time Series Analysis, John Pevehouse
22. Potentials and Limits of Political Methodology in Macrocomparative Research Designs, Bernhard Kittel
Part VI: Qualitative Tools for Causal Inference
23. Case Studies, Process Tracing and Structured focused Comparison, Andrew Bennett
24. Comparative Historical Methods, James Mahoney
25. Fuzzy Set Analysis: Calibration versus Measurement, Charles Ragin
26. Case-Orientated Configurational Research Using QCA, Benoit Rihoux
27. . Interviewing, Ethnography and Qualitative Field Methods, Brian Rathburn
Part VII
28. Integrating Measurement and Causal Inference, Kenneth Bollen, Anders Skrondal, and Sophia Rabe-Hesketh
Part VIII
29. Methodology and Micro Foundations, John Aldrich, James E Alt, and Arthur Lupia
30. Studying Mechanisms: Strengthening Casual Inference in Quantitative Research, Peter Hedstrom
31. Agent-Based Modeling, Scott E. Page
Part IX: Experiments, Quasi-Experiments, and Natural Experiments
32. Experimentation in Political Science, Becky Morton and Kenneth Williams
33. Quasi-Experiments, Natural Experiments and Evaluation Research, Donald Green and Alan Gerber
Part X: Organizations and Institutions in the Field of Methodology
34. ICPSR, CQRM and APSA Political Methodology and Qualitative Methods Section, Colin Elman and Charles Franklin
35. Forty Years of Publishing in Political Methodology: Sage Publications, Specialized Journals, Newsletters and Access to Mainstream Journals, Michael Lewis-Beck
Part II: Political Methodology: Old and New
36. Making the Most of Complimentarily: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, David Laitin and Michael Coppedge
37. Intersections in the Trajectories of Qualitative and Qualitative Methods, Janet Box-Steffensmeier, Henry Brady, and David Collier

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