The second edition of this popular text provides a comprehensive introduction to the main research methods employed in the study of politics and assessment of their strengths and limitations and of ethical issues in research. It has been revised and updated throughout, and a new chapter considers the relationship between research and policy.
PETER BURNHAM is Professor in Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, UK. KARIN GILLAND LUTZ holds a PhD in political science from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. WYN GRANT is Professor of Politics, University of Warwick, UK. ZIG LAYTON-HENRY is Professor of Politics, University of Warwick, UK.
Introduction: Methods, Methodology and Making Sense of the Study of Politics.- The Discipline of Politics.- Research Design.- Comparative Methods.- Surveys and Opinion Polls.- Descriptive Statistics.- Making Inferences.- Documentary and Archival Analysis.- The Internet and Political Research.- Elite Interviewing.- Participant Observation and the Analysis of Communications.- Ethics and Political Research.- Research and the Policy Process.- Conclusion: Challenging the Mainstream and the Qualitative/Quantitative Divide.