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Cover Image: Working with Political Science Research Methods: Problems and Exercises, 3rd Edition
  • Date: 11/28/2011
  • Format: Print Paperback
  • Price: $44.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-60871-690-6
  • Pages: 154
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Working with Political Science Research Methods: Problems and Exercises, 3rd Edition
Jason D. Mycoff, University of Delaware

Practice makes perfect. The new third edition of Working with Political Science Research Methods continues to support student learning by offering the perfect opportunity to practice each of the methods presented in the core text. Designed to be paired with the text chapter for chapter, the workbook breaks out each aspect of the research process into manageable parts and features new exercises and updated data sets. A solutions manual with answers to the workbook is available to adopters.

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ISBN: 978-1-60871-690-6 Format: Print Paperback Retail Price: $44.00 Price to Bookstores: $35.20
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 16.
Previous Editions
2nd Edition ©2008
1st Edition ©2005

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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

Jason D. Mycoff, University of Delaware
Jason D. Mycoff is assistant professor of political science and international relations at the University of Delaware. He is the author (with Joseph A. Pika) of Confrontation and Compromise: Presidential and Congressional Leadership, 2001-2006.
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