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Key Research Concepts in Politics and International Relations

by Lisa Harrison and Jamie Munn SAGE Publications Ltd
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The teaching of political research methods, either as a stand alone course or integrated into subject specific modules, is becoming increasingly common in British academic institutions, underpinned by the growing demand for students to have acquired transferable skills and driven by an explicit emphasis upon teaching students how to 'learn how to know'.

This text can be utilised by students and tutors of Politics and International Relations at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. It provides explanations of concepts in political research methods as well as, uniquely, explaining how research methods are used in International Relations and providing alternative research concepts and strategies where necessary.

Rather than being written in the more common chapter format of 'how to do', this text will focus on around 50 core concepts. Each concept will incorporate a simple definition, focused explanation, identify key debates and areas of research, and cross-reference to other related concepts. This format allows students and researchers alike to utilise the text either as a companion to specific modules, or on a 'dip into' basis.

Key Features:
- Provides an overview of the place of each concept in Politics and International Relations under the headings: meaning, origins and current usage.
- Concepts are grouped into sections corresponding to the main themes usually covered in teaching.
- Relevant concepts in the book are emboldened and linked by listing at the end of each concept
- Guidance is provided to further reading on each of the concepts discussed.

Action research Autobiography/Biography Research Behaviourialism Case Studies Causality and Correlations Comparative Method Concepts Content Analysis Deduction/Induction Discourse Analysis Documentary Analysis Ecological Fallacy Empirical Analysis Epistemology Ethics Ethnography and Ethnomethodology Evidence Based Policy Feminism/Methodologies Focus Groups Hypothesis Testing and Inference Interviewing Levels of Measurement Methods Methodology Narratives Observation Official Data Ontology Paradigm Positivism Post-Postivism Presenting Quantitative Analysis Primary Sources Qualitative Methods Quantitative Methods Rational Choice Theory Realism Reliability Sampling Secondary Analysis Survey Design Theory Triangulation Validity Variables

This book provides a clear, balanced and accessible introduction to a broad range of methodological concepts and techniques. Research methods can be a challenging area of study for undergraduate students, and this text will be an indispensable guide for students of Politics and International Relations at different stages of their degree.Fidelma Ashe
Senior Lecturer in Politics, the University of Ulster

Lisa Harrison and Theresa Callan have succeeded in doing what few authors have hitherto managed! They have written a robust introductory text on research methods in the field of Politics and IR which is both clear and accessible and covers all bases succinctly. This book will be a tremendous resource for undergraduates in the field.Dr Nicholas Startin
Lecturer in the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies, University of Bath