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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Research Methods in Politics

ISBN 9780230019850
Publication Date July 2008
Formats Paperback Ebook Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Political Analysis

The second edition of this popular text provides a comprehensive introduction to the main research methods employed in the study of politics and assessment of their strengths and limitations and of ethical issues in research. It has been revised and updated throughout, and a new chapter considers the relationship between research and policy.

PETER BURNHAM is Professor in Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, UK.

KARIN GILLAND LUTZ holds a PhD in political science from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

WYN GRANT is Professor of Politics, University of Warwick, UK.

ZIG LAYTON-HENRY is Professor of Politics, University of Warwick, UK. 

Introduction: Methods, Methodology and Making Sense of the Study of Politics
The Discipline of Politics
Research Design
Comparative Methods
Surveys and Opinion Polls
Descriptive Statistics
Making Inferences
Documentary and Archival Analysis
The Internet and Political Research
Elite Interviewing
Participant Observation and the Analysis of Communications
Ethics and Political Research
Research and the Policy Process
Conclusion: Challenging the Mainstream and the Qualitative/Quantitative Divide.


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