Research Methods in Politics / Edition 1

Research Methods in Politics / Edition 1

by Peter Burnham, Karin Gilland, Wyn Grant, Zig Layton-Henry
     
 

ISBN-10: 0230019854

ISBN-13: 9780230019850

Pub. Date: 07/22/2008

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

The second edition of this widely used text provides a comprehensive introduction to the main research methods employed in the study of politics and assessment of their strengths and limitations; of their interrelationship; and of ethical issues in research. Illustrated throughout with boxed examples of real political research, the book ranges widely from

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The second edition of this widely used text provides a comprehensive introduction to the main research methods employed in the study of politics and assessment of their strengths and limitations; of their interrelationship; and of ethical issues in research. Illustrated throughout with boxed examples of real political research, the book ranges widely from substantial coverage of statistical methods to the use of archives, interviews, discourse analysis and the internet. Two additional chapters in the second edition focus on the relationship between research and policy and the lessons for researchers from the study of elections in the US and UK.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230019850
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
07/22/2008
Series:
Political Analysis Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Methods, Methodology and Making Sense of the Study of Politics
• The Discipline of Politics
• Research Design
• Comparative Methodology
• Surveys and Opinion Polls
• Election Studies: Lessons from the US and UK
• Descriptive Statistics
• Making Inferences
• Documentary and Archival Analysis
• The Internet and Political Research
• Elite Interviewing
• Discourse Analysis and Other Methods
• Ethics and Political Research
• Research and the Policy Process
• Conclusion: Challenging the Mainstream and the Qualitative/Quantitative Divide

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