Organized to complement an introductory course in political science research methods, this work aims to help students understand research as it is actually practiced. Each chapter opens with an explanation of basic concepts and methods of political research.
1. Introduction: A Science of Politics 2. The Logic of Research Design: Experiments and Quasi-Experiments 3. Measurement and Operationalization I: Variables Pertaining to Aggregate Units 4. Measurement and Operationalization II: Variables Pertaining to Individual Behavior 5. Surveys 6. Indexing 7. Content Analysis 8. Sampling 9. Rational Choice Analysis 10. Univariate Analysis: Statistics of a Single Variable 11. Bivariate Analysis: Statistics of Two Variables 12. Multivariate Analysis: Statistics of More Than Two Variables 13. Scientific Principles in Political Study: Some Enduring Controversies