Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
Category: Political Science
A short, lively and innovative text, this book addresses the question of what constitutes good practice in a variety of political science methods and examines the philosophy that underpins them. It argues for a pluralistic approach that will deliver effective analysis and an in-depth understanding of political events.
The Discipline, Philosophy, and Analysis of Politics
Author: Stella Z. Theodoulou
Publisher: Pearson College Division
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.
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.
In this much-anticipated revision of the popular SPSS workbook, students dive headfirst into actual political data and work with a software tool that prepares them for future political-science research. Students learn by doing with guided examples, more than 120 screenshots, and step-bystep instructions. Compatible with all releases of SPSS (12.0 through 19.0, as well as the student version), the new Fourth Edition includes brand-new or completely revised exercises. Two new data sets (2008 NES and 2008 GSS) and two revised data sets (on the 50 states and on 191 countries of the world) feature an expanded number of variables to provide greater latitude for performing original analysis.
Political science students need to get comfortable using the tools of political analysis. For stats-phobic undergrads, the research methods course need not need be nerve wracking, especially with Pollock’s bestselling text to help them along the way. His brief, accessible guide walks students through the basics—measuring concepts, formulating and testing hypotheses, describing variables—while using key terms, chapter-opening objectives, 80 tables and figures, and class-tested exercises to get them using and applying their new skills. The new fourth edition features enhanced treatment of research design and logic controlled comparison and illustrates complex relationships with more accessible examples. A completely revised rubric further helps students identify these complex relationships in their own research.
With Philip Pollock's Third Edition of A Stata Companion to Political Analysis, students quickly learn Stata via step-by-step instruction, more than 50 exercises, customized datasets, annotated screen shots, boxes that highlight Stata's special capabilities, and guidance on using Stata to read raw data. This attractive and value-priced workbook, an ideal complement to Pollock’s Essentials of Political Analysis, is a must-have for any political science student working with Stata.
The 14th edition of CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS engages students in the fascinating political ideologies of our day. Through balanced presentation and comparative analysis of the various ideologies, students draw their own conclusions about the classics, such as nationalism, democracy, Marxism, and political Islam, as well as the lesser-known anarchism, fascism, and National Socialism. Students also address some of the more thought-provoking current ideologies, such as feminism, liberation theology, environmentalism, and terrorism. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
A Worldwide Analysis of Campaign Professionals and Their Practices
Author: Fritz Plasser
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Plasser provides a comparative contextual analysis of recent changes of campaign practices from a worldwide perspective. Based on data of an indepth survey of campaign managers and political consultants from 43 countries, he provides insights into the professional role definitions and strategic orientations determining the future of electioneering in media-centered democracies.
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.