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- DescriptionThis text starts by explaining the fundamental goal of good political science research-the ability to answer interesting and important questions by generating valid inferences about political phemena. Before the text even discusses the process of developing a research question, the authors introduce the reader to what it means to make an inference and the different challenges that social scientists face when confronting this task. Only with this ultimate goal in mind will students be able to ask appropriate questions, conduct fruitful literature reviews, select and execute the proper research design, and critically evaluate the work of others. The authors' primary goal is to teach students to critically evaluate their own research designs and others' and analyze the extent to which they overcome the classic challenges to making inference: internal and external validity concerns, omitted variable bias, endogeneity, measurement, sampling, and case selection errors, and poor research questions or theory. As such, students will t only be better able to conduct political science research, but they will also be more savvy consumers of the constant flow of causal assertions that they confront in scholarship, in the media, and in conversations with others. Three themes run through Barakso, Sabet, and Schaffner's text: minimizing classic research problems to making valid inferences, effective presentation of research results, and the nlinear nature of the research process. Throughout their academic years and later in their professional careers, students will need to effectively convey various bits of information. Presentation skills gleaned from this text will benefit students for a lifetime, whether they continue in academia or in a professional career. Several distinctive features make this book teworthy: * A common set of examples threaded throughout the text give students a common ground across chapters and expose them to a broad range of subfields in the discipline. * Box features throughout the book illustrate the nlinear, n-textbook reality of research, demonstrate the often false inferences and poor social science in the way the popular press covers politics, and encourage students to think about ethical issues at various stages of the research process.
- Author BiographyMaryann Barakso is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research focuses on interest groups, civic engagement, and women and politics. She is the author of Governing NOW: Grassroots Activism in the National Organization for Women (Cambridge University Press, 2004). Barakso previously served as president of the Women and Politics Research Section of the American Political Science Association. Daniel M. Sabet is Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Enterprise and Society at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh and an affiliated researcher with Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He is the author of Police Reform in Mexico: The Challenge of Institutional Change (Stanford University Press, 2012) and Nonprofits and their Networks: Cleaning the Waters along Mexico's Northern Border (Arizona University Press, 2008). Brian F. Schaffner is Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a faculty associate at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. His research focuses on public opinion, campaigns and elections, political parties, and legislative politics. Schaffner's research has appeared in over two-dozen refereed journal articles and he previously served as Program Director for the Political Science program at the National Science Foundation.
- Author(s)Brian Schaffner,Daniel M. Sabet,Maryann Barakso
- PublisherDavid Fulton Publishers Ltd
- Date of Publication16/12/2013
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintDavid Fulton Publishers Ltd
- Content Note8 black & white tables
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