The Political Science Student Writer's Manual

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  • Copyright: 2008-01-01
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Table of Contents

To the Studentp. vi
To the Teacherp. vii
Welcome to Political Science
The Creative Study of Politicsp. 1
Politics and Political Sciencep. 1
Political Science as Creativityp. 7
Four Millenniums of Thinking About Politicsp. 16
Political Science as the Continuing Creative Search for Truthp. 16
The Era of Mythp. 18
The Era of Politicsp. 20
The Era of Philosophyp. 26
The Era of Theologyp. 30
The Era of Historyp. 35
The Era of Sciencep. 39
The Era of Eclecticismp. 43
Current Approaches to Studying Politicsp. 47
Basic Problems and Challenges for the Science of Politicsp. 47
Gabriel Almond's Schools and Sects of Political Sciencep. 51
Postmodernism and Political Sciencep. 75
Some Quantitative Methods in Political Sciencep. 80
The Basics of Scientific Knowledgep. 80
The Basics of Social Science Researchp. 81
Content Analysisp. 86
Experimentsp. 87
Nonexperimental Designsp. 90
Interviewsp. 91
Case Studiesp. 91
Direct Observationp. 92
Focus Groupsp. 92
A Handbook of Style for Political Science
Writing as Communicationp. 94
Writing to Learnp. 94
The Writing Processp. 98
Writing Competentlyp. 118
Grammar and Stylep. 118
Punctuationp. 121
Paper Formatsp. 141
General Page Formatsp. 141
Tables, Illustrations, Figures, and Appendixesp. 146
Textp. 150
Citing Sourcesp. 152
The APSA Author-Date Systemp. 152
Avoiding Plagiarismp. 167
Conducting Research in Political Science
Organizing the Research Processp. 172
Gaining Control of the Research Processp. 172
Effective Research Methodsp. 174
How to Conduct a Literature Reviewp. 181
Library Information Resourcesp. 183
Reference Booksp. 183
Periodical Indexesp. 189
Statisticsp. 190
Government Agenciesp. 191
Private Research Organizationsp. 192
List of Political Science Periodicalsp. 193
Internet Resourcesp. 197
Writing Resources on the Internetp. 197
Politics and Government Resources on the Internetp. 198
Political Science Resources on the Internetp. 200
Assessing the Quality of Internet Resourcesp. 200
Critical Thinking and Acting in Politics
Book Reviews and Article Critiquesp. 202
Book Reviewsp. 202
Article Critiquesp. 208
Writing to Communicate and Actp. 212
Letters to Newspaper Editorsp. 212
Op-ed Essaysp. 216
Letters to Elected Representativesp. 219
Table of Forms of Proper Address Formatsp. 222
Critical Thinking Exercisesp. 227
An Introduction to the Observation of Politicsp. 227
An Exercise in Observation: Campaign Commercialsp. 228
Directions for Writing an Allegory Analysisp. 229
Allegory 1: Plato's Philosopher Kingp. 230
Allegory 2: Rawls' Veil of Ignorancep. 232
Allegory 3: Foucault's Panopticonp. 233
Elementary Policy Analysis: Position Papersp. 237
What is a Position Paper?p. 237
Selecting Topics for Position Papersp. 238
Conducting Research for Position Papersp. 241
Contents of Position Papersp. 241
Papers Throughout Political Science
Analytical Papers in American Government and International Relationsp. 246
Preliminary Choices for Research Papers in Political Sciencep. 246
Steps in Writing Analytical Papersp. 249
Comparing Governmentsp. 252
How Governments are Comparedp. 252
Elements of Comparative Politics Paperp. 254
Policy Analysis Papersp. 260
The Basics of Policy Analysisp. 260
Policy Analysis Research Proposalsp. 261
Policy Analysis Papersp. 263
Amicus Curiae Briefsp. 267
How to Write Amicus Curiae Briefs for the U.S. Supreme Courtp. 267
Resources for Writing an Amicus Curiae Briefp. 271
Public Opinion Survey Papersp. 274
The Scope and Purpose of a Survey Paperp. 274
Steps in Writing a Survey Paperp. 275
Elements of a Public Opinion Survey Paperp. 285
Glossary of Political Science Termsp. 288
Bibliographyp. 297
Indexp. 300
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