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Political Science & Public Policy

Research Methods Books

Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Political Science

This Handbook offers a comprehensive overview of state-of-the-art research methods and applications currently in use in political science. It combines theory and methodology (qualitative and quantitative), and offers insights into the major approaches and their roots in the philosophy of scientific knowledge.

The Political Research Experience: Readings and Analysis

Organized to complement an introductory course in political science research methods, this work aims to help students understand research as it is actually practiced. Each chapter opens with an explanation of basic concepts and methods of political research, including experimental design, quasi-experimental design, surveying, content analysis, indexing, sampling, and uni-variant, bi-variant, and multi-variant analyses.

Research Methods for Cultural Studies

It provides students with clearly written overviews of research methods in cultural studies, along with guidelines on how to put these methods into operation. The book covers the following main areas: Drawing on experience, and studying how narratives make sense of experience, Investigating production processes in the cultural industries, and the consumption and assimilation of cultural products by audiences and fans, and taking both quantitative and qualitative approaches to the study of cultural life.

Meta-Analysis for Public Management and Policy

This book has a nice combination of conceptual overview, methodological details, and applications that will make it possible for researchers to conduct their own meta-analysis. Evan Ringquist and his colleagues provide a lucid and practical roadmap for policy and public management scholars who use meta-analysis in their research. It provides background on why meta-analysis is a potent means for accumulating and synthesizing empirical research findings, and shows how its use has evolved in recent decades.

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