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The Craft of Political Research



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Updated in its 9thedition, The Craft of Political Researchimmerses 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. 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.

Author Biography

W. Phillips Shively is Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota.

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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