The Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology

Paperback | July 17, 2010

EditorJanet M. Box-steffensmeier, Henry E. Brady, David Collier

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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 researchand 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 increaseanalysts' 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 qualitativedata, 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, scholarsengaged in diverse branches of methodology.

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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 researchand training programs that have advanced quant...

Janet Box-Steffensmeier is the Vernal Riffe Professor of Political Science, Director of the Program in Statistics and Methodology, and courtesy faculty of Sociology at the Ohio State University. She holds a B.A. in mathematics and political science from Coe College (1988), and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Texas ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:896 pagesPublished:July 17, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Introduction1. Janet Box-Steffensmeier, Henry Brady, David Collier: Political Science Methodology2. Russell Hardin: Normative MethodologyPart II: Approaches to Social Science Methodology3. Mark Bevir: Meta-methodology: Clearing the Underbrush4. Scott de Marchi and Scott E. Page: Agent-based ModelingPart III: Concepts and Measurement5. Gary Goertz: Concepts, Theories, and Numbers: A Checklist for Constructing, Evaluating, and Using Concepts or Quantitative Measures6. Simon Jackman: Measurement7. David Collier, Jody LaPorte, and Jason Seawright: Typologies: Forming Concepts and Creating Catagorical Variables8. Charles C. Ragin: Measurement versus Calibration: A Set-theoretic Approach9. Keith T. Poole: The Evolving Influence of Psychometrics in Political SciencePart IV: Causality and Explanation in Social Research10. Henry E. Brady: Causation and Explanation in Social Science11. Jasjeet S.Sekhon: The Neyman-Rubin Model of Causal Inference and Estimation via Matching Methods12. David A. Freedman: On Types of Scientific Enquiry: The Role of Qualitative Reasoning13. Peter Hedstrom: Studying Mechanisms to Strengthen Causal Inferences in Quantitative ResearchPart V: Experiments, Quasi-experiments and Natural Experiments14. Rebecca B. Morton and Kenneth C. Williams: Experimentation in Political Science15. Alan S. Gerber and Donald P. Green: Field Experiments and Natural ExperimentsPart VI: Quantitative Tools for Descriptive and Causal Inference: General Methods16. Richard Johnston: Survey Methodology17. John E. Jackson: Endogeneity and Structural Equation Estimation in Political Science18. Kenneth A. Bollen, Sophia Rabe-Hesketh, and Anders Skrondal: Structural Equation Models19. Jon C. Pevehouse and Jason D. Brozek: Time-series Analysis20. Nathaniel Beck: Time-series Cross-section Methods21. Andrew D. Martin: Bayesian AnalysisPart VII: Quantitative Tools for Descriptive and Causal Inference: Special Topics22. Garrett Glasgow and R. Michael Alvarez: Discrete Choice Methods23. Jonathan Golub: Survival Analysis24. Wendy K. Tam Cho and Charles F. Manski: Cross-level/Ecological Inference25. Robert J. Franzese Jr, and Jude C. Hays: Empirical Models of Spatial Interdependence26. Bradford S. Jones: Multilevel ModelsPart VIII: Qualitative Tools for Descriptive and Causal Inference27. Jack S. Levy: Counterfactuals and Case Studies28. John Gerring: Case Selection for Case-study Analysis: Qualitative and Quantitative Techniques29. Brian C. Rathbun: Interviewing and Qualitative Field Methods: Pragmatism and Practicalities30. Andrew Bennett: Process Tracing: A Bayesian Perspective31. Benoit Rihoux: Case-oriented Configurational Research: Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), Fuzzy Sets, and Related Techniques32. James Mahoney and P. Larkin Terrie: Comparative-historical Analysis in Contemporary Political Science33. James D. Fearon and David D. Laitin: Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative MethodsPart IX: Organizations, Institutions, and Movements in the Field of Methodology34. David Collier and Colin Elman: Qualitative and Multimethod Research: Organizations, Publication, and Reflections on Integration35. Charles H. Franklin: Quantitative Methodology36. Michael S. Lewis-Beck: Forty Years of Publishing in Quantitative Methodology37. John H. Aldrich, James E. Alt, and Arthur Lupia: The EITM Approach: Origins and InterpretationsIndex

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