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The Craft of Political Research, CourseSmart eTextbook, 9th Edition

By W. Phillips Shively

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jan 30, 2012

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The Craft of Political Research immerses readers not only in how political scientists work but also in how ideas produce research questions and guide the selection of research methods.

 

Emphasizing the internal logic of research methods and the collaborative nature of the research process, this slender text explores the design behind interesting questions, problems in measurement and analysis, and key statistical methods. Brief and inexpensive to include in any course, The Craft of Political Research’s elegant explanations inspire a big picture understanding of how political scientists explain political reality and encourage students to create their own inventive, original, and bold research work.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Doing Research

Chapter 2. Political Theories and Research Topics

Chapter 3. Importance of Dimensional Thinking

Chapter 4. Problems of Measurement: Accuracy     

Chapter 5. Problems of Measurement: Precision

Chapter 6. Causal Thinking and Design of Research

Chapter 7. Selection of Observations for Study

Chapter 8. Introduction to Statistics: Measuring Relationships for Interval Data

Chapter 9. Introduction to Statistics: Further Topics on Measurement of Relationships

Chapter 10. Introduction to Statistics: Inference, or How to Gamble on Your Research

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$24.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-205-85498-1