Political Research: Methods and Practical Skills

Paperback | January 15, 2017

bySandra Halperin, Oliver Heath

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Political Research: Methods and Practical Skills is the most comprehensive political research methods textbook available. Written especially for politics students, it provides a practical and relevant approach to the subject that equips students with the knowledge and skills needed toevaluate research findings and successfully carry out independent study and research. Taking a helpful step-by-step approach, the authors guide the reader through the process of asking and answering research questions and the different methods used in political research, providing practical advice on how to be critical and rigorous in both evaluating and conducting research. With an emphasis throughout on how research can impact important political questions and policy issues, Halperin and Heath equip readers with the skills to formulate significant questions and develop meaningful and persuasive answers. An Online Resource Centre accompanies this text, and includes a range of resources for both students and lecturers. For students: * Learn from real examples of actual research to see what research proposals and literature reviews look like in practice* Take your learning further with relevant web links to reliable online content related to each chapter. For registered lecturers: * Access additional case studies, complete with accompanying questions, for use in class or to assign as additional reading* Reinforce key themes from each chapter with suggested seminar questions and activities

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Political Research: Methods and Practical Skills is the most comprehensive political research methods textbook available. Written especially for politics students, it provides a practical and relevant approach to the subject that equips students with the knowledge and skills needed toevaluate research findings and successfully carry o...

Sandra Halperin is Professor of International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. Oliver Heath is Senior Lecturer in Politics at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:460 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.68 inPublished:January 15, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198702744

ISBN - 13:9780198702740

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Table of Contents

1. Political ResearchPART 1: Fundamentals of Research2. Explanation and Understanding in Political Research3. Objectivity and Values4. Asking Questions: How to Find and Formulate Research Questions5. Answering Research Questions: Requirements, Components, and Construction6. What is Data?7. Research DesignPART 2: Research in Practice8. Experimental Research9. Comparative Research10. Surveys11. Interviewing and Focus Groups12. Ethnography and Participant Observation13. Textual Analysis14. Quantitative Analysis: Description and Inference15. Patterns of Association: Bivariate Analysis16. A Guide to Multivariate Analysis

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"Overall, this is a fantastic book, and it is refreshing to have a politics-specific book writing in a clear manner, especially without taking sides in the quantitative versus qualitative debate." --Dr Helen Williams, University of Nottingham