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Research Methods in International Relations

Research Methods in International Relations

April 2015 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book guides you through the entirety of the research process in International Relations, from selecting a research question and reviewing the literature to field research and writing up. Covering both qualitative and quantitative methods in IR, it offers a balanced assessment of the key methodological debates and research methods within the discipline.


The book:

  • Is specifically focussed on research methods used in International Relations.
  • Spans the entire research process from choosing a research question to writing up.
  • Provides practical research methods guidance.
  • Introduces you to broader methodological debates and brings together contemporary research from empirical and interpretive traditions.
  • Is packed with examples and suggestions for further reading.


Research Methods in International Relations is essential reading for both undergraduate and postgraduate students taking Research Methods courses in International Relations, Politics, Security and Strategic Studies.

Chapter 1: Research Methods in International Relations
Chapter 2: Research Questions and Research Design
Chapter 3: Research Ethics
Chapter 4: Writing a Literature Review
Chapter 5: Qualitative Methods in International Relations
Chapter 6: Quantitative Methods in International Relations
Chapter 7: Mixed Methods in International Relations
Chapter 8: Case Study Research in International Relations
Chapter 9: Field Research in International Relations
Chapter 10: Writing Up Your Research

An excellent intro into the logic of IR research. Clear, accessible and comprehensive.

Dr Harry Bauer
Dept of Political Science, University College London
June 16, 2015

The book provides a brought and concise introduction to the different methodological approaches to study world politics. Very helpful book for students that start to work on their (BA) thesis.

Mr Christopher Kaan
Dept of Cultural and Social Sciences, Fernuniversitaet Hagen
June 16, 2015

This book is an essential reading for those who are doing research in IR. This is a difficult field for students and no clear, understandable text book exists. They are generally for more difficult to understand for a student who is beginning to research. One of the important merits of the book is that it provides examples for researchers on how to do what at which state. Therefore I am assigning this book as essential reading for those who are starting to do research in our area.

Dr Faruk Yalvac
Dept of International Relations, Middle East Technical University
May 12, 2015

A very good, student-friendly introduction to IR methods, a kind of book which has been missing on the market.

Dr Kamil Zwolski
Dept of Politics & Int'l Relations, Southampton University
April 24, 2015

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