Political Research: Methods and Practical Skills by Sandra HalperinPolitical Research: Methods and Practical Skills by Sandra Halperin

Political Research: Methods and Practical Skills

bySandra Halperin, Oliver Heath

Paperback | February 2, 2012

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Is there a crisis of democracy and participation? Is conflict an inevitable consequence of religious, ethnic, and social difference? The answers to questions like this, whether they are provided by academics, politicians or journalists, can be inconsistent and contradictory.Sandra Halperin and Oliver Heath take a step-by-step approach to research methods, guiding the reader through how to ask and answer questions about the world of politics and international relations. They present practical advice on how to be critical and rigorous, both in terms of evaluating theresearch of others and doing your own research project.An Online Resource Centre accompanies the text and includes:For students: web links.For lecturers: additional case studies, activities and assignments.
Sandra Halperin is Professor of International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London. Oliver Heath is Senior Lecturer in Politics at Royal Holloway, Unviersity of London.
Title:Political Research: Methods and Practical SkillsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:500 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199558418

ISBN - 13:9780199558414


Table of Contents

1. Issues in Political ResearchPart I: Philosophy of Social Science: Knowledge and Knowing in Social Science Research2. Laws, Explanation, and Interpretation3. Methodological Individualism and Holism4. Objectivity and ValuesPart II: How to do Research: An Overview5. Asking Questions: research questions and how to find and formulate them6. Finding Answers: theories and how to apply them7. Research DesignPart III: How to do Research in Practice8. Comparative Research9. Surveys10. Interviewing and Focus Groups11. Ethnography and Participant Observation12. Textual Analysis13. Quantitative Analysis: Description and Inference14. Patterns of Association: Bivariate Analysis15. A Guide to Multivariate Analysis