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Political Research: Methods and Practical Skills (3rd edn)  

Sandra HalperinProfessor of International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of LondonClose
Oliver HeathProfessor of Politics, Royal Holloway, University of LondonClose
Published in Print:17 April 2020 Published Online:August 2020
Publisher:Oxford University Press


Political Research: Methods and Practical Skills provides a practical and relevant guide to the research process for students. It equips readers with the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate research findings and successfully carry out independent study and research. Taking a helpful step-by-step approach, the chapters guide the reader through the process of asking and answering research questions and the different methods used in political research, providing practical advice on how to be critical and rigorous in both evaluating and conducting research. Topics include research design, surveys, interviewing and focus groups, ethnography and participant observation, textual analysis, quantitative analysis, bivariate analysis, and multivariate analysis. With an emphasis throughout on how research can impact important political questions and policy issues, the book equips readers with the skills to formulate significant questions and develop meaningful and persuasive answers.