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Cover Image: Political Science Research Methods, 7th Edition
  • Date: 11/28/2011
  • Format: Print Paperback
  • Price: $110.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-60871-689-0
  • Pages: 615
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Political Science Research Methods, 7th Edition
Janet Buttolph Johnson, University of Delaware
H. T. Reynolds, University of Delaware


Political Science Research Methods set the standard for being relevant, comprehensive, and ever mindful of its student audience. With the seventh edition, the authors further refine their popular text to be more welcoming and more intuitive than ever—an ideal gateway to understanding not just the "how" but also the "why" behind research in the discipline.

Updates to this new edition include:

  • new case studies of political science research in chapter 1—from causes of income inequality, to repression of human rights, to judicial decision making—that serve as touchpoints throughout the book;
  • updated discussion in chapter 2 about the empirical approach to political science;
  • a heavily revamped chapter 3 with clearer guidance on how to develop research questions along with steps for doing a literature review more appropriately placed earlier in the text;
  • new extended case study on polling and the health care debate in chapter 7 on sampling;
  • greater explanation of how to do content analysis in chapter 9 on document analysis;
  • separate chapters for descriptive and inferential statistics step out instruction and increase accessibility; and
  • a brand new annotated research article in chapter 15.

Bolded key terms, a glossary, and explanatory charts, figures, and tables help aid students learning. "Helpful hint" boxes give students nuts-and-bolts reminders they can refer to when conducting their own research.

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New to this Edition

Updates to this new edition include:

  • new case studies of political science research in chapter 1—from causes of income inequality, to repression of human rights, to judicial decision making—that serve as touchpoints throughout the book;
  • updated discussion in chapter 2 about the empirical approach to political science;
  • a heavily revamped chapter 3 with clearer guidance on how to develop research questions along with steps for doing a literature review more appropriately placed earlier in the text;
  • new extended case study on polling and the health care debate in chapter 7 on sampling;
  • greater explanation of how to do content analysis in chapter 9 on document analysis;
  • separate chapters for descriptive and inferential statistics step out instruction and increase accessibility; and
  • a brand new annotated research article in chapter 15.
Previous Editions
6th Edition ©2008
5th Edition ©2005
4th Edition ©2001

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Table of Contents

 

1. Introduction

2. The Empirical Approach to Political Science

3. Beginning the Research Process: Identifying a Topic, Developing Questions, and Reviewing the Literature

4. The Building Blocks of Social Scientific Research: Hypotheses, Concepts, and Variables

5. The Building Blocks of Social Scientific Research: Measurement

6. Research Design: Making Causal Inferences

7. Sampling

8. Making Empirical Observations: Direct and Indirect Observation

9. Document Analysis: Using the Written Record

10. Survey Research and Interviewing

11. Making Sense of Data: First Steps

12. Statistical Inference

13. Investigating Relationships between Two Variables

14. Multivariate Analysis

15. The Research Report: An Annotated Example

Bio(s)
Janet Buttolph Johnson, University of Delaware

Janet Buttolph Johnson is associate professor of political science and international relations at the University of Delaware, where she specializes in public policy, state and local politics, and environmental policy and politics.



H. T. Reynolds, University of Delaware

H.T. Reynolds is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Delaware. He is the author of Governing America with David Volger, The Analysis of Nominal Data, 2nd Edition, and has published several articles on methodology.

Ancillaries

Student Resources include chapter summaries, quiz questions, vocabulary flashcards, and an annotated list of web links for further research.

Instructor's Resources available for adopters! A fully updated suite of instructor’s resource materials is available for testing and course preparation, including a test bank with 350 fill-in-the-blank, short- and long-answer questions, PowerPoint lecture slides, and PDF and PowerPoint slides of all the graphics from the text.

Sample Pages

Political Science Research Methods, 7th Edition + Working with Political Science Research Methods, 3rd Edition
Johnson, Reynolds, Mycoff
ISBN: 978-1-4522-1888-5, $118

Political Science Research Methods, 7th Edition + Electronic Edition
Johnson, Reynolds
ISBN: 978-1-4522-7733-2, $105

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