Theory and Methods in Political Science

Author: Vivien Lowndes,David Marsh,Gerry Stoker
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 1137603534
Category: Social Science
Page: 394
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This leading text provides an ideal foundation for study and research in political science, bringing together renowned figures in the field to introduce the key approaches and methods used in the study of politics. The fully revised fourth edition features a considerable updating in the team of contributors and the range of coverage and examples.

Theory and methods in political science

Author: David Marsh,Gerry Stoker
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Category: Philosophy
Page: 392
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Now with substantial extra coverage of methodological issues and an additional chapter on the philosophy of politics, this widely-used text introduces students to the approaches and methods of political science.

Theory and Methods in Political Science, Second Edition

Author: David Marsh,Gerry Stoker
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780333948552
Category: Political Science
Page: 385
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This basic introduction to theory and methods in political science brings together specially commissioned chapters by leading scholars in every field into a carefully integrated and coherent text.

Problems and Methods in the Study of Politics

Author: Ian Shapiro,Rogers M. Smith,Tarek E. Masoud
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521539432
Category: Philosophy
Page: 419
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Prominent scholars of politics offer original discussions exploring what political science is and how it should be studied.

Political Theory

Methods and Approaches
Author: David Leopold,Marc Stears
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199230080
Category: Philosophy
Page: 224
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Political Theory: Methods and Approaches is one of the first books to analyze research methods in political theory and political philosophy. Drawing together a distinguished set of contributors, the book asks how political theory should be conducted today and examines the connections between political theory and a range of adjacent disciplines - including moral philosophy, the empirical social sciences, the history of political thought, the world of 'real' politics, critical social theory, and ideology.

Strategies for Comparative Research in Political Science

Author: B. Guy Peters
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 1137367229
Category: Political Science
Page: 296
View: 1972

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Written by a prominent figure in the field, this book provides an accessible introduction to comparative methodology. Drawing on a wide range of approaches throughout, it is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand or research in this major area of political science.

Discourse Theory and Political Analysis

Identities, Hegemonies and Social Change
Author: Aletta J. Norval,Yannis Stavrakakis
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719056642
Category: Social Science
Page: 243
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Drawing inspiration from the works of those such as Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault, the contributors address questions using a common theoretical language, and also assess the future directions of discourse theory in the social sciences.

Methods in Analytical Political Theory

Author: Adrian Blau
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108210473
Category: Political Science
Page: N.A
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This is the first book to explain how to use key methods in analytical political theory. The methods discussed include contractualism, reflective equilibrium, positive political theory, thought experiments and ideological analysis. Many discussions of political theory methods describe and justify these methods with little or no discussion of their application, emphasizing 'what is' and 'why do' over 'how to'. This book covers all three. Each chapter explains what kinds of problems in political theory might require researchers to use a particular method, the basic principles behind the method being proposed, and an analysis of how to apply it, including concrete principles of good practice. The book thus summarizes methodological ideas, grouped in one place and made accessible to students, and it makes innovative contributions to research methods in analytical political theory.

Methods for Political Inquiry

The Discipline, Philosophy, and Analysis of Politics
Author: Stella Z. Theodoulou,Rory O'Brien
Publisher: Pearson College Division
Category: Philosophy
Page: 222
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This book presents a readily accessible, systematic approach to politics and its principles, around which political inquiry should be organized. Readers are exposed to materials on the fundamental assumptions of political inquiry in addition to the specific devices necessary for gathering and collecting data about political phenomena. Methods for Political Inquiry represents the only book currently available that covers the full range of both research methods and research techniques. It incorporates both normative and empirical theory building, as well as qualitative and quantitative research methods, to emphasize why researchers might use one technique over another.

Doing Research in Political Science

An Introduction to Comparative Methods and Statistics
Author: Paul Pennings,Hans Keman,Jan Kleinnijenhuis
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1412903769
Category: Political Science
Page: 324
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This is an immensely helpful book for students starting their own research... an excellent introduction to the comparative method giving an authoritative overview over the research process - Klaus Armingeon, University of Bern Doing Research in Political Science is the book for mastering the comparative method in all the social sciences - Jan-Erik Lane, University of Geneva This book has established itself as a concise and well-readable text on comparative methods and statistics in political science I...strongly recommend it. - Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Philipps-University Marburg This thoroughly revised edition of the popular textbook offers an accessible but comprehensive introduction to comparative research methods and statistics for students of political science. Clearly organized around three parts, the text introduces the main theories and methodologies used in the discipline. Part 1 frames the comparative approach within the methodological framework of the political and social sciences. Part 2 introduces basic descriptive and inferential statistical methods as well as more advanced multivariate methods used in quantitative political analysis. Part 3 applies the methods and techniques of Parts 1 & 2 to research questions drawn from contemporary themes and issues in political science. Incorporating practice exercises, ideas for further reading and summary questions throughout, Doing Research in Political Science provides an invaluable step-by-step guide for students and researchers in political science, comparative politics and empirical political analysis.

Logics of Critical Explanation in Social and Political Theory

Author: Jason Glynos,David Howarth
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134138350
Category: Political Science
Page: 288
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This book proposes a novel approach to practising social and political analysis based on the role of logics. The authors articulate a distinctive perspective on social science explanation that avoids the problems of scientism and subjectivism by steering a careful course between lawlike explanations and thick descriptions. Drawing upon hermeneutics, poststructuralism, psychoanalysis, and post-analytical philosophy, this new approach offers a particular set of logics – social, political and fantasmatic – with which to construct critical explanations of practices and regimes. While the first part of the book critically engages with lawlike, interpretivist and causal approaches to critical explanation, the second part elaborates an alternative grammar of concepts informed by an ontological stance rooted in poststructuralist theory. In developing this approach, a number of empirical cases are included to illustrate its basic concepts and logics, ranging from the apartheid regime in South Africa to recent changes in higher education. The book will be a valuable tool for scholars and researchers in a variety of related fields of study in the social sciences, especially the disciplines of political science and political theory, international relations, social theory, cultural studies, anthropology and philosophy.


Publisher: PHI Learning Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN: 9788120314887
Category: Political Science
Page: 316
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Designed primarily as an introductory textbook for graduate and senior undergraduate students offering comparative politics as a compulsory course, this finely integrated text is by far the most comprehensive, yet concise and critical analysis of the contending approaches, methods, and models and the theory-building efforts made in the second half of this century. The book provides a lucid and up-to-date presentation of the ramifications of the governmental process and political dynamics, issues and problems relating to the structure, function, process and operation of governmental and political organizations in a genuinely comparative perspective.

Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics

An Introduction
Author: Todd Landman,Edzia Carvalho
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113448366X
Category: Philosophy
Page: 312
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Building on the strengths of the first edition, this accessible and user-friendly textbook explores the strategies of comparative research in political science. It begins by examining different methods, then highlights some of the big issues in comparative politics using a wealth of topical examples before discussing the new challenges in the area. Thoroughly revised throughout with the addition of extensive new material, this edition is also supplemented by the availability online of the author's datasets. The book is designed to make a complex subject easier and more accessible for students, and contains: * briefing boxes explaining key concepts and ideas * suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter * a glossary of terms.

Comparative Politics

New Directions in Theory and Method
Author: Hans Keman
Publisher: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
Category: Political Science
Page: 244
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Empirical Political Analysis

Research Methods in Political Science
Author: Jarol B. Manheim
Publisher: Longman
ISBN: 9780321298607
Category: Political Science
Page: 430
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The premier political science research methods text has been thoroughly updated to emphasize the role of new technologiesrs" in current research. The revisions enhance the comprehensive introduction to systematic political research that has made this book popular among both students and instructors for more than two decades.

Handbook of Public Policy Analysis

Theory, Politics, and Methods
Author: Frank Fischer,Gerald J. Miller
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351564366
Category: Political Science
Page: 668
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The study of public policy and the methods of policy analysis are among the most rapidly developing areas in the social sciences. Policy analysis has emerged to provide a better understanding of the policymaking process and to supply decision makers with reliable policy-relevant knowledge about pressing economic and social problems. Presenting a broad, comprehensive perspective, the Handbook of Public Policy Analysis: Theory, Politics, and Methods covers the historical development of policy analysis, its role in the policy process, and empirical methods. The handbook considers the theory generated by these methods and the normative and ethical issues surrounding their practice. Written by leading experts in the field, this book- Deals with the basic origins and evolution of public policy Examines the stages of the policy-making process Identifies political advocacy and expertise in the policy process Focuses on rationality in policy decision-making and the role of policy networks and learning Details argumentation, rhetoric, and narratives Explores the comparative, cultural, and ethical aspects of public policy Explains primary quantitative-oriented analytical methods employed in policy research Addresses the qualitative sides of policy analysis Discusses tools used to refine policy choices Traces the development of policy analysis in selected national contexts The Handbook of Public Policy Analysis: Theory, Politics, and Methods describes the theoretical debates that have recently defined the field, including the work of postpositivist, interpretivist, and social constructionist scholars. This book also explores the interplay between empirical and normative analysis, a crucial issue running through contemporary debates.

Making Political Science Matter

Debating Knowledge, Research, and Method
Author: Sanford Schram,Brian Caterino
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814740332
Category: Philosophy
Page: 304
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Voices of Emancipation seeks to recover the lives and words of former slaves in vivid detail, mining the case files of the U.S. Pension Bureau, which administered a huge pension system for Union veterans and their survivors in the decades following the Civil War. The files contain an invaluable, first-hand perspective of slavery, emancipation, black military service, and freedom. Moreover, as Pension Bureau examiners began interviewing black Union veterans and their families shortly after the Civil War, the files are arguably among the earliest sources of ex-slaves reflecting on their lives, occurring decades before better-known WPA Slave Narratives of the 1930s took place. Voices of Emancipation explores the words of former slaves topically, beginning with recollections of slavery, moving on to experiences of military service in the Civil War, the transition to freedom, and finally to reflections on marriage and family before and after emancipation. With an introduction that places the pension files in context and presents the themes of the book, and historical commentary interwoven throughout the excerpts of the interviews themselves, Elizabeth A. Regosin and Donald R. Shaffer effectively introduce the files and the treasures they contain to students and general readers, but also provide specialists with an indispensable research tool.