Research Methods in Politics / Edition 1

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230019850
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/22/2008
  • Series: Political Analysis Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

PETER BURNHAM is Professor in Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, UK.

KARIN GILLAND is a teacher and researcher at the Institute of Political Science, University of Berne, Switzerland.

WYN GRANT is Professor of Politics, University of Warwick, UK.

ZIG LAYTON-HENRY is Professor of Politics, University of Warwick, UK.

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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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