Book Details

Summary

Introduction to Political Science Research Methods, 1st edition, is an Open Education Resource Textbook that surveys the research methods employed in political science. The textbook includes chapters that cover: history and development of the empirical study of politics; the scientific method; theories, hypotheses, variables, and units; conceptualization, operationalization and measurement of political concepts; elements of research design including the logic of sampling; qualitative and quantitative research methods and means of analysis; and research ethics.

Authors

  • Josh Franco, Cuyamaca College
  • Charlotte Lee, Berkeley City College
  • Kau Vue, Fresno City College
  • Dino Bozonelos, Victor Valley College
  • Masa Omae, San Diego City College
  • Steven Cauchon, Imperial Valley College

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. History and development of the empirical study of politics
  3. The scientific method
  4. Theories, hypotheses, variables, and units
  5. Conceptualization, operationalization and measurement of political concepts
  6. Elements of research design including the logic of sampling
  7. Qualitative research methods and means of analysis
  8. Quantitative research methods and means of analysis
  9. Research Ethics
  10. Conclusion

Keywords

political science, research methods, research design, qualitative methods, quantitative methods, research ethics

Errata: None To Date

Publish Date: June 1, 2020

Web Version Last Updated: June 19, 2020

PDF Version ISBN: 978-1-7351980-0-2

Paperback: Planned for 2nd edition in spring 2022

Hardcover: Planned for 2nd edition in spring 2022

License: CC BY-NC

Citation: Franco, Josh, Charlotte Lee, Kau Vue, Dino Bozonelos, Masahiro Omae, and Steven Cauchon. 2020. Introduction to Political Science Research Methods. eBook – Adobe PDF. 1st Edition. https://ipsrm.com/.