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Political ResearchMethods and Practical Skills

Political Research: Methods and Practical Skills (2nd edn)

Sandra Halperin and Oliver Heath
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date: 22 September 2021

p. 11. Political Researchlocked

p. 11. Political Researchlocked

  • Sandra Halperin
  •  and Oliver Heath

Abstract

This text provides readers with the analytic skills and resources they need to evaluate research findings in political research, as well as the practical skills for conducting their own independent inquiry. It shows that empirical research and normative research are not independent of each other and explains the distinction between positivism and interpretivism, and between quantitative and qualitative research. Part 1 of this edition discusses key issues in the philosophy of social science, while Part 2 presents a ‘nuts and bolts’ or ‘how to’ guide to research design, such as how to find and formulate a research question. Part 3 evaluates different methods of data collection and analysis that can be used to answer research questions, along with the variety of considerations and decisions that researchers must confront when using different methods.

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