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The SAGE Handbook of Research Methods in Political Science and International Relations

The SAGE Handbook of Research Methods in Political Science and International Relations

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April 2020 | 1 332 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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



Gary King
Preface: So You're a Grad Student Now? Maybe You Should Do This
Part 1: Formulating Good Research Questions & Designing Good Research Projects
William Roberts Clark
Chapter 1: Asking Interesting Questions
Andrea Ruggeri & Adam McCauley
Chapter 2: From Questions and Puzzles to Research Project
Branislav Slantchev
Chapter 3: The Simple, the Trivial, and the Insightful: Field Dispatches from a Formal Theorist
Ravinder Bhavnani, Karsten Donnay & Mirko Reul
Chapter 4: Evidence-Driven Computational Modeling
Mitchell Goist and Burt L. Monroe
Chapter 5: Taking Data Seriously in the Design of Data Science Projects
Ezequiel González Ocantos
Chapter 6: Designing Qualitative Research Projects: Notes on Theory Building, Case Selection, and Field Research
Thomas Bräuninger & Tilko Swalve
Chapter 7: Theory Building for Causal Inference: EITM Research Projects
John Aldrich & Jim Granato
Chapter 8 EITM: Applications in Political Science and International Relations
Part 2: Methods of Theoretical Argumentation
Rose McDermott
Chapter 9: Political Psychology, Social Psychology and Behavioral Economics
Maxfield J. Peterson & B. Guy Peters
Chapter 10: Institutional Theory and Method
Adam Meirowitz & Kris Ramsay
Chapter 11: Applied Game Theory: An overview and first thoughts on the use of Game Theoretic Tools
James Adams, Samuel Merrill III & Roi Zur
Chapter 12: The Spatial-Voting Model
Charles Cameron & Nathan Gibson
Chapter 13: New Directions in Veto Bargaining: Message Legislation, Virtue Signaling, and Electoral Accountability
Lanny Martin & Georg Vanberg
Chapter 14: Models of Coalition Politics: Recent Developments and New Directions
James Morrow & Jessica S. Sun
Chapter 15: Models of Interstate Conflict
Deborah Beim
Chapter 16: Models of the Judiciary & Judicial Politics
Scott De Marchi & Brandon Stewart
Chapter 17: Wrestling with complexity in computational social science: theory, estimation, and representation
Scott LaCombe & Frederick J. Boehmke
Chapter 18: Evaluating Approaches for Modeling Learning within Diffusion Episodes
Part 3: Conceptualization & Measurement
Gerardo L. Munck, Jørgen Møller & Svend-Erik Skaaning
Chapter 19: Conceptualization and Measurement: Basic Distinctions and Guidelines
Christopher Fariss, Michael Kenwick & Kevin Reuning
Chapter 20: Measurement Models
Leemann Lucas & Fabio Wasserfallen
Chapter 21: Measuring Attitudes – Multilevel Modeling with Post-Strati?cation (MrP)
Part 4: Large-Scale Data Collection & Representation Methods
Dominic Nyhuis
Chapter 22: Web data collection: Potentials and challenges
Pablo Barberá & Zachary C. Steinert-Threlkeld
Chapter 23: How to Use Social Media Data for Political Science Research
David Darmofal & Christopher Eddy
Chapter 24: Spatial data
Richard Traunmüller
Chapter 25: Visualizing data in political science
Ken Benoit
Chapter 26: Text as data: an overview
Benjamin Carl Krag Egerod & Robert Klemmensen
Chapter 27: Scaling Political Positions from Text: Assumptions, Methods and Pitfalls
Sarah B. Bouchat
Chapter 28: Classification and Clustering
Luigi Curini & Robert Fahey
Chapter 29: Sentiment analysis and social media
Ernesto Calvo, Joan Timoneda & Tiago Ventura
Chapter 30: Big Relational Data: Network-Analytic Measurement
Part 5: Quantitative-Empirical Methods
Robert Franzese
Chapter 31: Econometric Modeling: From Measurement, Prediction, and Causal Inference to Causal Response Estimation
Suzanna Linn & Clayton Webb
Chapter 32: A Principle Approach to Time Series Analysis
Vera Troeger
Chapter 33: Time-Series-Cross-Section Analysis
Mark Pickup
Chapter 34: Dynamic Systems of Equations
Kentaro Fukumoto
Chapter 35: Duration Analysis
Marco Steenbergen
Chapter 36: Multilevel Analysis
Tobias Böhmelt & Gabriele Spilker
Chapter 37:Selection Bias in Political Science & International Relations Applications
Eric Neumayer & Thomas Plümper
Chapter 38: Dyadic Data Analysis
Scott J. Cook, Jude C. Hays & Robert J. Franzese
Chapter 39: Model Specification and Spatial Interdependence
Christopher L. Carter & Thad Dunning
Chapter 40: Instrumental variables: From structural equation models to design-based causal inference
Jake Bowers & Thomas Leavitt
Chapter 41: Causality and Design-Based Inference
Richard A. Nielsen
Chapter 42: Statistical Matching with Time-Series Cross-Sectional Data: Magic, Malfeasance, or Something in Between?
Luke Keele
Chapter 43: Differences-in-Differences: Neither Natural nor an Experiment
Matias D. Cattaneo, Rocío Titiunik & Gonzalo Vazquez-Bare
Chapter 44: The Regression Discontinuity Design
Jennifer Victor & Elsa T. Khwaja
Chapter 45: Network-Analysis: Theory and Testing
John P. Schoeneman & Bruce A. Desmarais
Chapter 46: Network Modeling: Estimation, Inference, Comparison, and Selection
Jong Hee Park & Sooahn Shin
Chapter 47: Bayesian Methods in Political Science
Shawn Treier
Chapter 48: Bayesian Ideal-Point Estimation
Florian M. Hollenbach & Jacob M. Montgomery
Chapter 49: Bayesian Model Selection, Model Comparison, and Model Averaging
Jeff Gill & Simon Heuberger
Chapter 50: Bayesian Modeling and Inference: A Postmodern Perspective
Rebecca Morton & Mateo Vásquez-Cortés
Chapter 51: Laboratory Experimental Methods in Political Science
Betsy Sinclair
Chapter 52: Field Experiments on the Frontier: Designing Better
Anna Maria Wilke & Macartan Humphries
Chapter 53: Field Experiments, Theory, and External Validity
Gustavo Diaz, Christopher Grady & James H. Kuklinski
Chapter 54: Survey Experiments and the Quest for Valid Interpretation
Kakia Chatsiou & Slava Jankin Mikhaylov
Chapter 55: Deep Learning for Political Science
Kelsey Shoub & Santiago Olivella
Chapter 56: Machine Learning in Political Science: Supervised Learning Models
Part 6: Qualitative & “Mixed” Methods
Adrian Du?a
Chapter 57: Set theoretic methods
Imke Harbers & Matthew C. Ingram
Chapter 58: Mixed-methods design
Chiara Ruffa
Chapter 59: Case study methods: case selection and case analysis
Klaus Brummer
Chapter 60: Comparative Analyses of Foreign Policy
Claire Greenstein & Layna Mosley
Chapter 61: When Talk Isn’t Cheap: Opportunities and Challenges in Interview Research
Virginie Van Ingelgom
Chapter 62: Focus Groups: From Qualitative Data Generation to Analysis
Xymena Kurowska & Berit Bliesemann de Guevara
Chapter 63: Interpretive Approaches in Political Science and International Relations

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.

Anna Grzymala-Busse
Michelle and Kevin Douglas Professor of International Studies, Stanford University

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.

Michael Laver
Professor of Politics, New York University

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. 

James Fowler
Professor, Political Science Department, University of California, San Diego

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.

Claudius Wagemann
Professor of Political Sciences, Goethe University

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. 

John Jackson
M. Kent Jennings Collegiate Professor and Professor Emeritus, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, University of Michigan

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. 

Janet Box-Steffensmeier
Vernal Riffe Professor of Political Science and Professor of Sociology, The Ohio State University

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