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The Fundamentals of Political Science Research

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  • The Fundamentals of Political Science Research provides an introduction to the scientific study of politics. It offers the basic tools necessary for readers to become both critical consumers and beginning producers of scientific research on politics. Professors Kellstedt and Whitten present an integrated approach to research design and empirical analyses in which researchers can develop and test causal theories. The authors use examples from political science research that students will find interesting and inspiring, and that will help them understand key concepts. The book makes technical material accessible to students who might otherwise be intimidated by mathematical examples. This revised second edition refines discussions from the first edition, with a new chapter on how to write an original research project. The second edition also contains an additional forty exercises and adds definitions for terms discussed in each chapter.

    • Answers the questions 'How do we know that?' and 'How can we know if that claim is true?'
    • Uses examples from political science research that students will find interesting and inspiring
    • Makes technical material accessible to students who might otherwise be intimidated by mathematical concepts
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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781107240773
    • contains: 49 b/w illus. 46 tables 99 exercises
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. The scientific study of politics
    2. The art of theory building
    3. Evaluating causal relationships
    4. Research design
    5. Getting to know your data: evaluating measurement and variations
    6. Probability and statistical influence
    7. Bivariate hypothesis testing
    8. Bivariate regression models
    9. Multiple regression: the basics
    10. Multiple regression model specification
    11. Limited dependent variables and time series data
    12. Putting it all together to produce effective research.

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    The Fundamentals of Political Science Research

    Paul M. Kellstedt, Guy D. Whitten

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  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Analyzing Politics
    • Empirical Political Analysis
    • Empirical Research Methods
    • Exploring Politics
    • Introduction to Political Analysis
    • Introduction to Political Inquiry
    • Introduction to Political Science Research
    • Introduction to Statistics and Political Science Research
    • Methods in Political Science
    • Quantitative Methods in Political Science
    • Research Methods and Design
    • Research and Writing
    • Scientific Study of Politics
    • Statistical Research Methods
    • Writing & Research in Political Science I
  • Authors

    Paul M. Kellstedt, Texas A & M University
    Paul M. Kellstedt is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University. He is the author of The Mass Media and the Dynamics of Racial Attitudes (Cambridge University Press, 2003), winner of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government's 2004 Goldsmith Book Prize. In addition, he has published numerous articles in a variety of leading journals. Currently, he is on the editorial boards of the journals Political Behavior and Political Science Research and Methods.

    Guy D. Whitten, Texas A & M University
    Guy D. Whitten is an Associate Professor of Political Science, as well as the Director of the European Union Center, at Texas A&M University. He has published a variety of articles in leading peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, and Electoral Studies. He is on the editorial boards of the journals Electoral Studies and Political Science Research and Methods.

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