Routledge – 2001 – 200 pages
Political Research: An Introduction has been designed to provide an excellent starting point for those new to the area of Research Methods. It assumes no prior knowledge of the subject and sets out the key issues involved in doing research in Politics. It guides students through a complex and often daunting subject by exploring the many concepts associated with the field, as well as offering practical advice on research practices and information resources.
Features and benefits of this textbook include:
* boxed case studies in each chapter to illustrate and clarify key concepts, and highlight the practical use of different research methods
* a useful glossary, giving easy access to definitions of key terms
* a dedicated web-site containing sample material, extra case studies, important links, and essential resources for both teachers and students.
1. Introduction: Political research methods - what does this mean? Part 1: Quantitative research 2. Introducing quantitative research - how to interpret data sources 3. Using surveys in research 4. Analysing official data Part 2: Qualitative research 5. Introducing qualitative research - why and when numerical analysis is not enough 6. Using interviews in research - accessibility and interpretation 7. Evaluating existing research 8. Content analysis Part 3: Doing your own research 9. A guide to writing a dissertation in politics 10. Information sources