The SAGE Handbook of Research Methods in Political Science and International Relations
- Luigi Curini - Università degli Studi di Milano
- Robert Franzese - University of Michigan
The SAGE Handbook of Research Methods in Political Science and International Relations offers a comprehensive overview of research processes in social science — from the ideation and design of research projects, through the construction of theoretical arguments, to conceptualization, measurement, & data collection, and quantitative & qualitative empirical analysis — exposited through 65 major new contributions from leading international methodologists.
Each chapter surveys, builds upon, and extends the modern state of the art in its area. Following through its six-part organization, undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and practicing academics will be guided through the design, methods, and analysis of issues in Political Science and International Relations:
Part One: Formulating Good Research Questions & Designing Good Research Projects
Part Two: Methods of Theoretical Argumentation
Part Three: Conceptualization & Measurement
Part Four: Large-Scale Data Collection & Representation Methods
Part Five: Quantitative-Empirical Methods
Part Six: Qualitative & “Mixed” Methods
For scholars seeking credible research designs, this is an indispensable volume. The methods are wide-ranging and on the cutting edge, and the authors are an all-star cast of leading experts.
This is an extraordinarily comprehensive handbook on the current state of the art in research methods for political science. The roster of authors is both stellar and extensive. No single person knows this much about all this material. So all serious researchers can benefit from having this handbook on their shelves, whether to expand the scope of their own work or to enhance their reading of the work of others.
Since the dawn of the twenty-first century there has been an explosion of methods in the social and natural sciences. As data has gotten bigger and bigger, we have been developing new tools to acquire, analyze, and synthesize all these bits and bytes, and this has led to nothing short of a revolution in political science. The very leaders of this revolution have come together in these volumes to show the way, with both deep insight and engaging connections to the biggest substantive problems of our day. This is literally the dream team of political science, and they are explaining in plain language exactly how to live on the cutting edge. As someone deeply committed to both learning and teaching new methods, I can't think of another book I would rather have on my shelf.
This handbook provides the reader with a very broad overview of research methods in political science. With chapters authored by notable senior and junior methodologists and applicants, it does not only cover a wide range of techniques, but also places methods within their context, such as research designs. This book is an excellent companion for researchers of all steps of their career who are about to find their way through the jungle of methodological offers.
This is a very impressive and broad collection of authors and essays. This book will be my, and my students’, first stop in exploring any topic in political methodology. The editors provide an important service to the discipline.
The Sage Handbook of Research Methods in Political Science and International Relations has wide coverage from leading scholars and practitioners. There is definitely something for everyone to learn while emphasizing accessibility for all as well.