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by Michael Roskin
For freshman/sophomore level courses in Introduction to Political Science, U.S. Politics, and Comparative Politics.
Exceptionally up-to-date and rich in cross-national examples with an emphasis on the U.S. political system this text offers an unbiased, thorough introduction to the basic terminology, concepts, and theories of political science.
Theory and Methods in Political Science
by Vivien Lowndes, David Marsh, Gerry Stoker
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.
Research Methods for Political Science
by David E McNabb
The Oxford Handbook of Political Science
by Robert E. Goodin
International Encyclopedia of Political Science
by Bertrand Badie, Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Leonardo Morlino
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With entries from leading international scholars from around the world, this eight-volume encyclopedia offers the widest possible coverage of key areas both regionally and globally. The International Encyclopedia of Political Science provides a definitive, comprehensive picture of all aspects of political life, recognizing the theoretical and cultural pluralism of our approaches and including findings from the far corners of the world. The eight volumes cover every field of politics, from political theory and methodology to political sociology, comparative politics, public policies, and international relations.
Entries are arranged in alphabetical order, and a list of entries by subject area appears in the front of each volume for ease of use. The encyclopedia contains a detailed index as well as extensive bibliographical references. Filling the need for an exhaustive overview of the empirical findings and reflections on politics, this reference resource is suited for undergraduate or graduate students who wish to be informed effectively and quickly on their field of study, for scholars seeking information on relevant research findings in their area of specialization or in related fields, and for lay readers who may lack a formal background in political science but have an interest in the field nonetheless.
The International Encyclopedia of Political Science provides an essential, authoritative guide to the state of political science at the start of the 21st century and for decades to come, making it an invaluable resource for a global readership, including researchers, students, citizens, and policy makers.
The encyclopedia was developed in partnership with the International Political Science Association.
- Case and Area Studies
- Comparative Politics, Theory, and Methods
- Democracy and Democratization
- Epistemological Foundations
- Equality and Inequality
- Gender and Race/Ethnicity
- International Relations
- Local Government
- Peace, War, and Conflict Resolution
- People and Organizations
- Political Economy
- Political Parties
- Political Sociology
- Public Policy and Administration
- Qualitative Methods
- Quantitative Methods
Principles of Political Science
by A C Kapur
Understanding Political Science Research Methods
by Maryann Barakso, Daniel M. Sabet, Brian Schaffner
This text starts by explaining the fundamental goal of good political science research—the ability to answer interesting and important questions by generating valid inferences about political phenomena. Before the text even discusses the process of developing a research question, the authors introduce the reader to what it means to make an inference and the different challenges that social scientists face when confronting this task. Only with this ultimate goal in mind will students be able to ask appropriate questions, conduct fruitful literature reviews, select and execute the proper research design, and critically evaluate the work of others.
The authors’ primary goal is to teach students to critically evaluate their own research designs and others’ and analyze the extent to which they overcome the classic challenges to making inference: internal and external validity concerns, omitted variable bias, endogeneity, measurement, sampling, and case selection errors, and poor research questions or theory. As such, students will not only be better able to conduct political science research, but they will also be more savvy consumers of the constant flow of causal assertions that they confront in scholarship, in the media, and in conversations with others.
Three themes run through Barakso, Sabet, and Schaffner’s text: minimizing classic research problems to making valid inferences, effective presentation of research results, and the nonlinear nature of the research process. Throughout their academic years and later in their professional careers, students will need to effectively convey various bits of information. Presentation skills gleaned from this text will benefit students for a lifetime, whether they continue in academia or in a professional career.
Several distinctive features make this book noteworthy:
- A common set of examples threaded throughout the text give students a common ground across chapters and expose them to a broad range of subfields in the discipline.
- Box features throughout the book illustrate the nonlinear, “non-textbook” reality of research, demonstrate the often false inferences and poor social science in the way the popular press covers politics, and encourage students to think about ethical issues at various stages of the research process.
Political Science Research in Practice
by Akan Malici, Elizabeth Sue Smith
Nothing rings truer to those teaching political science research methods: students hate taking this course. Tackle the challenge and turn the standard research methods teaching model on its head with Political Science Research in Practice. Akan Malici and Elizabeth Smith engage students first with pressing political questions and then demonstrate how a researcher has gone about answering them, walking through real political science research that contributors have conducted. Through the exemplary use of survey research, experiments, field research, case studies, content analysis, interviews, document analysis, statistical research, and formal modeling, each chapter introduces students to a method of empirical inquiry through a specific topic that will spark their interest and curiosity. Each chapter shows the process of developing a research question, how and why a particular method was used, and the rewards and challenges discovered along the way. Students can better appreciate why we need a science of politics–why methods matter–with these first-hand, issue-based discussions.
The following features make this an ideal teaching tool:
- An introductory chapter that succinctly introduces key terms in research methodology
- Key terms bolded throughout and defined in a glossary
- Broad coverage of the most important methods used in political science research and the major subfields of the discipline
- A companion website designed to foster online active learning
- An instructor’s manual and testbank to help incorporate this innovative text into your syllabus and assessment.