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The Craft of Political Research

The Craft of Political Research

  • Author: W. Phillips Shively
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • ISBN: 1351979426
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 202
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The Craft of Political Research is a non-technical introduction to research design and analysis in political science, emphasizing the choices we make when we design a research project and analyze its results. The book’s approach centers on asking an interesting research question, and then designing inquiry into the question so as to eliminate as many alternative explanations as possible. How do we develop theory, and what constitutes a good research question? How do we develop measures and gather evidence to answer a question? How do we analyze our findings? Students will be introduced to such topics as multidimensional concepts, levels of measurement, validity, reliability, random and non-random measurement error, sampling, case selection, causality, experimental and quasi-experimental design, statistical inference, and regression and correlation analysis. Throughout, the emphasis is on understanding the "back story" of analysis — why do we measure in a particular way, why do we choose one design as against another, why do we conduct our analysis as we do. Emphasizing the internal logic of research methods and the collaborative nature of the research process, the greatest strength of the book is its clarity and the large range of political science examples it provides. It works at a conceptual level, seeking an understanding of the principles that underlie techniques and the reasons that we choose them. New to this edition: Updated and international examples from the US, UK, Latin America and China amongst others, and international organizations such as the World Bank and the United Nations. New section, "Reading Political Science" reviews sources of published political research, with some broad principles for how to find good sources, and advises students on what to look for in reading a research report New section, "Gathering Accurate Information" reviews published sources of data, such as UNESCO, and offers advice about how to use such sources. It advises students on how to gather data in personal interviews and it acquaints them with publicly available data sets for secondary analysis. Online material featuring revised learning objectives for each chapter, and a new section offering projects and questions for each chapter.

The Craft of Political Research

The Craft of Political Research

  • Author: W. Phillips Shively
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1351979418
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 202
  • View: 6846
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The Craft of Political Research is a non-technical introduction to research design and analysis in political science, emphasizing the choices we make when we design a research project and analyze its results. The book’s approach centers on asking an interesting research question, and then designing inquiry into the question so as to eliminate as many alternative explanations as possible. How do we develop theory, and what constitutes a good research question? How do we develop measures and gather evidence to answer a question? How do we analyze our findings? Students will be introduced to such topics as multidimensional concepts, levels of measurement, validity, reliability, random and non-random measurement error, sampling, case selection, causality, experimental and quasi-experimental design, statistical inference, and regression and correlation analysis. Throughout, the emphasis is on understanding the "back story" of analysis — why do we measure in a particular way, why do we choose one design as against another, why do we conduct our analysis as we do. Emphasizing the internal logic of research methods and the collaborative nature of the research process, the greatest strength of the book is its clarity and the large range of political science examples it provides. It works at a conceptual level, seeking an understanding of the principles that underlie techniques and the reasons that we choose them. New to this edition: Updated and international examples from the US, UK, Latin America and China amongst others, and international organizations such as the World Bank and the United Nations. New section, "Reading Political Science" reviews sources of published political research, with some broad principles for how to find good sources, and advises students on what to look for in reading a research report New section, "Gathering Accurate Information" reviews published sources of data, such as UNESCO, and offers advice about how to use such sources. It advises students on how to gather data in personal interviews and it acquaints them with publicly available data sets for secondary analysis. Online material featuring revised learning objectives for each chapter, and a new section offering projects and questions for each chapter.

The Craft of Political Research

The Craft of Political Research

  • Author: W. Phillips Shively
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1315508605
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 384
  • View: 2420
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The Craft of Political Research immerses readers not only in how political scientists work but also in how ideas produce research questions and guide the selection of research methods. Emphasizing the internal logic of research methods and the collaborative nature of the research process, this slender text explores the design behind interesting questions, problems in measurement and analysis, and key statistical methods. Brief and inexpensive to include in any course, The Craft of Political Research’s elegant explanations inspire a big picture understanding of how political scientists explain political reality and encourage students to create their own inventive, original, and bold research work. Features include: Focuses on the big picture of how good research leads to good theories instead of just what research method to use. Provides concise and accessible coverage of key topics, including the nature of research, research design, sampling, statistical analysis, ethics, and more. Includes detailed examples of classic and contemporary political science research to give students models for their own original research.

The Craft of Political Analysis for Diplomats

The Craft of Political Analysis for Diplomats

  • Author: Raymond F. Smith
  • Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
  • ISBN: 1597977292
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 174
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Until the recent unauthorized release of thousands of classified State Department cables, public attention was rarely drawn to the frequently outstanding political analysis done by American diplomats abroad. The existing literature on diplomacy has heretofore been limited to memoirs of former diplomats and analyses of international affairs by diplomats, academics, and think tanks. The Craft of Political Analysis offers a fresh approach, one that provides a context for interpreting this embassy reporting and a guide to understanding the work that went on behind the scenes to produce it. Author Raymond F. Smith combines a practitioner’s personal view of what is required to do good diplomatic political analysis with his understanding of the social conflict and change that informed his work for the State Department. Smith clearly explains everything the Foreign Service candidate or professional, as well as the interested layman, needs to know about crafting political analysis, including how to write for the analyst’s intended audience, how to make best use of the intellectual and analytical tools of the trade, what happens when the analyst’s views differ from government policy, and why political analysis risks becoming irrelevant, even though it is still urgently needed. In addition, The Craft of Political Analysis for Diplomats features two case studies using legally declassified cables not included in the Wikileaks release. The first is built around four highly restricted Embassy Moscow cables on the collapse of the Soviet Union; the second includes two cables on the Arab-Israeli conflict that received the State Department’s highest award for political analysis. Selected for the Diplomats and Diplomacy Series of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST) and DACOR, an organization of foreign affairs professionals.

The Craft of International History

The Craft of International History

A Guide to Method

  • Author: Marc Trachtenberg
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • ISBN: 9781400827237
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 288
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This is a practical guide to the historical study of international politics. The focus is on the nuts and bolts of historical research--that is, on how to use original sources, analyze and interpret historical works, and actually write a work of history. Two appendixes provide sources sure to be indispensable for anyone doing research in this area. The book does not simply lay down precepts. It presents examples drawn from the author's more than forty years' experience as a working historian. One important chapter, dealing with America's road to war in 1941, shows in unprecedented detail how an interpretation of a major historical issue can be developed. The aim throughout is to throw open the doors of the workshop so that young scholars, both historians and political scientists, can see the sort of thought processes the historian goes through before he or she puts anything on paper. Filled with valuable examples, this is a book anyone serious about conducting historical research will want to have on the bookshelf.

Passion, Craft, and Method in Comparative Politics

Passion, Craft, and Method in Comparative Politics

  • Author: Gerardo L. Munck,Richard Snyder
  • Publisher: JHU Press
  • ISBN: 0801892058
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 792
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Giving voice to scholars who practice their craft in different ways yet share a passion for knowledge about global politics, Passion, Craft, and Method in Comparative Politics offers a wealth of insights into contemporary debates about the state of knowledge in comparative politics and the future of the field.

Political Science Research in Practice

Political Science Research in Practice

  • Author: Akan Malici,Elizabeth S. Smith
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1351401890
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 226
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Nothing rings truer to those teaching political science research methods: students hate taking this course. Tackle the challenge and turn the standard research methods teaching model on its head with Political Science Research in Practice. Akan Malici and Elizabeth S. Smith engage students first with pressing political questions and then demonstrate how a researcher has gone about answering them, walking them through real political science research that contributors have conducted. Through the exemplary use of a comparative case study, field research, interviews, textual and interpretive research, statistical research, survey research, public policy and program evaluation, content analysis, and field experiments, each chapter introduces students to a method of empirical inquiry through a specific topic that will spark their interest and curiosity. Each chapter shows the process of developing a research question, how and why a particular method was used, and the rewards and challenges discovered along the way. Students can better appreciate why we need a science of politics—why methods matter—with these first-hand, issue-based discussions. The second edition now includes: Two completely new chapters on field experiments and a chapter on the textual/interpretative method. New topics, ranging from the Arab Spring to political torture to politically sensitive research in China to social networking and voter turnout. Revised and updated "Exercises and Discussion Questions" sections. Revised and updated "Interested to Know More" and "Recommended Resources" sections.

Power & Choice

Power & Choice

An Introduction to Political Science

  • Author: W. Phillips Shively
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 1538114135
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 496
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Power & Choice provides a general, comparative introduction to the major concepts and themes of political science. The author’s goal when writing the book was a text that is conceptually alive and that engages students with concrete examples of analysis without losing them “in a clutter of definitional minutiae."

The Craft of Research, Fourth Edition

The Craft of Research, Fourth Edition

  • Author: Wayne C. Booth,Gregory G. Colomb,Joseph M. Williams,Joseph Bizup,William T. FitzGerald
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 022623987X
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 336
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With more than three-quarters of a million copies sold since its first publication, The Craft of Research has helped generations of researchers at every level—from first-year undergraduates to advanced graduate students to research reporters in business and government—learn how to conduct effective and meaningful research. Conceived by seasoned researchers and educators Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams, this fundamental work explains how to find and evaluate sources, anticipate and respond to reader reservations, and integrate these pieces into an argument that stands up to reader critique. The fourth edition has been thoroughly but respectfully revised by Joseph Bizup and William T. FitzGerald. It retains the original five-part structure, as well as the sound advice of earlier editions, but reflects the way research and writing are taught and practiced today. Its chapters on finding and engaging sources now incorporate recent developments in library and Internet research, emphasizing new techniques made possible by online databases and search engines. Bizup and FitzGerald provide fresh examples and standardized terminology to clarify concepts like argument, warrant, and problem. Following the same guiding principle as earlier editions—that the skills of doing and reporting research are not just for elite students but for everyone—this new edition retains the accessible voice and direct approach that have made The Craft of Research a leader in the field of research reference. With updated examples and information on evaluation and using contemporary sources, this beloved classic is ready for the next generation of researchers.

The Craft of Governing

The Craft of Governing

The contribution of Patrick Weller to Australian political science

  • Author: Glyn Davis,R.A.W. Rhodes
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin
  • ISBN: 1743438184
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 304
  • View: 6526
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'Most problems today are a consequence of policies that were once seen as solutions.' Patrick Weller's wise observation comes from half a century observing politics in action. The question of how government works lies at the heart of political science, and it has also been the focus of the career of this pioneer in the field. The Craft of Governing offers a tribute to the contribution of Patrick Weller to Australian political science, with chapters from leading political commentators including Michelle Grattan, Peter Shergold and James Walter. Contributors consider the role of the prime minister, approaches to studying executive government, the continuing significance of senior public servants, the nature of leadership in public bureaucracies, and unintended consequences of managerialist reforms. They also reflect on how insights from the study of domestic public policy can be applied to international organisations, challenges faced by Westminster democracies, and approaches to political biography. The Craft of Governing is an invaluable resource for readers interested in approaches to studying politics and the development of political science as a discipline.

The Theology of Craft and the Craft of Work

The Theology of Craft and the Craft of Work

From Tabernacle to Eucharist

  • Author: Jeremy Kidwell
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317014324
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 242
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An important reconceptualisation is taking place in the way people express creativity, work together, and engage in labour; particularly, suggests Kidwell, a surprising resurgence in recent years of manual and craft work. Noting the wide array of outlets that now market hand-made goods and the array of popular books which advocate ‘making’ as a basis for activism or personal improvement, this book seeks to understand how the micro-politics of craft work might offer insights for a broader theology of work. Why does it matter that we do work which is meaningful, excellent, and beautiful? Through a close reading of Christian scripture, The Theology of Craft and the Craft of Work examines the theology and ethics of work in light of original biblical exegesis. Kidwell presents a detailed exegetical study of temple construction accounts in the Hebrew bible and the New Testament. Illuminating a theological account of craft, and employing the ancient vision of ‘good work’ which is preserved in these biblical texts, Kidwell critically interrogates modern forms of industrial manufacture. This includes a variety of contemporary work problems particularly the instrumentalisation and exploitation of the non-human material world and the dehumanisation of workers. Primary themes taken up in the book include agency, aesthetics, sociality, skill, and the material culture of work, culminating with the conclusion that the church (or ‘new temple’) is both the product and the site of moral work. Arguing that Christian worship provides a moral context for work, this book also examines early Christian practices to suggest a theological reconceptualisation of work.

The Craft of Bureaucratic Neutrality

The Craft of Bureaucratic Neutrality

Interests and Influence in Governmental Regulation of Occupational Safety

  • Author: Gregory A. Huber
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1139464779
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 256
  • View: 9801
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Are political understandings of bureaucracy incompatible with Weberian features of administrative neutrality? In examining the question of whether interest groups and elected officials are able to influence how government agencies implement the law, this book identifies the political origins of bureaucratic neutrality. In bridging the traditional gap between questions of internal management (public administration) and external politics (political science), Huber argues that 'strategic neutrality' allows bureaucratic leaders to both manage their subordinates and sustain political support. By analyzing the OSH Act of 1970, Huber demonstrates the political origins and benefits of administrative neutrality, and contrasts it with apolitical and unconstrained administrative implementation. Historical analysis, interviews with field-level bureaucrats and their supervisors, and quantitative analysis provide a rich understanding of the twin difficulties agency leaders face as political actors and personnel managers.

Doing Empirical Political Research

Doing Empirical Political Research

  • Author: James M. Carlson,Mark S. Hyde
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin College Division
  • ISBN: 9780618116720
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 436
  • View: 873
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This text emphasizes active learning through the use of real data and a hands-on approach to SPSS. By placing coverage of the philosophy of science and the building blocks of research at the beginning, the structure of the text follows the actual process students would employ in their own research. Activities and exercises help students master research concepts and skills.

The Craft and Art of Scenic Design

The Craft and Art of Scenic Design

Strategies, Concepts, and Resources

  • Author: Robert Klingelhoefer
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • ISBN: 1317384385
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 300
  • View: 8982
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The Craft and Art of Scenic Design: Strategies, Concepts, and Resources explores how to design stage scenery from a practical and conceptual perspective. Discussion of conceptualizing the design through script analysis and research is followed by a comprehensive overview of execution: collaboration with directors and other designers, working with spaces, developing an effective design process, and the aesthetics of stage design. This book features case studies, key words, tip boxes, definitions, and chapter exercises. Additionally, it provides advice on portfolio and career development, contracts, and working with a union.

Doing Feminist Research in Political and Social Science

Doing Feminist Research in Political and Social Science

  • Author: Brooke Ackerly,Jacqui True
  • Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
  • ISBN: 1137054425
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 272
  • View: 2319
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This extremely innovative interdisciplinary text guides the reader through the research process from research design through to analysis and presentation while at the same time introducing the range of debates, challenges and tools that feminists use in their research around the world.

Public Administration Research Methods

Public Administration Research Methods

Tools for Evaluation and Evidence-Based Practice

  • Author: Warren S. Eller,Brian J. Gerber,Scott E. Robinson
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1351672010
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 534
  • View: 7370
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The best decisions made by public managers are based not on instinct, but on an informed understanding of what’s happening on the ground. Policy may be directed by ideology, but it must also be founded on reality. The challenge of making the right decisions as a public manager is often, therefore, based on the need for rigorous, actionable research. Now in a thoughtfully revised second edition, this textbook shows students of Public Administration exactly how to use both qualitative and quantitative research techniques to give them the best chance to make the right decisions. Uniquely, Eller, Gerber, and Robinson present research methodologies through a series of real-life case studies, with each chapter exploring situations where a public manager can use research to answer specific questions, demonstrating how that research can inform future policy. Taking readers through the key concepts, from research design and sampling to interviews, survey data, and more statistical-based approaches, this new edition provides a complete guide to using research in the public and voluntary sectors. New to this edition: To better orient the student, the second edition is thematically arranged. Five sections, each with a short essay, provide not only previews of the content of each section, but more importantly guide the reader through how the concepts and techniques covered relate to real-world use and application. A new chapter on applied quantitative analyses has been added to offer coverage of several commonly-used and valuable analytic techniques for decision making for policy and management: benefit-cost analysis, risk assessment, and forecasting. The second edition is accompanied by online materials containing suggested course plans and sample syllabi, PowerPoint lecture slides, and student support materials to illustrate the application of key concepts and analytic techniques. Each chapter also includes discussion questions, class exercises, end of chapter review questions, and key vocabulary to provide students with a range of further tools to apply research principles to practical situations.

Writing in Political Science

Writing in Political Science

A Brief Guide

  • Author: Danielle LaVaque-Manty,Mika LaVaque-Manty
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 9780190203931
  • Category: Academic writing
  • Page: 224
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Writing in Political Science: A Brief Guide applies the key concepts of rhetoric and composition--audience, purpose, genre, and credibility--to examples based in political science. It is part of a series of brief, discipline-specific writing guides from Oxford University Press designed for today's writing-intensive college courses. The series is edited by Tom Deans (University of Connecticut) and Mya Poe (Northeastern University).

Campaign Craft

Campaign Craft

The Strategies, Tactics, and Art of Political Campaign Management

  • Author: Michael John Burton,Daniel M. Shea
  • Publisher: Praeger Pub Text
  • ISBN: 9780313383434
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 250
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In 2008, Barack Obama's election team sent perhaps a billion emails to some 13 million addresses; the social networking site Facebook was deployed to get out the vote; and campaign operatives across the political spectrum were trying to figure out how they could "micro-target" persuadable voters in pursuit of victory. Political campaigning continues to reinvent itself at a furious pace and in fascinating ways, becoming more professional and more technologically driven with each election cycle. Updated for the Obama age of political campaigning, Campaign Craft: The Strategies, Tactics, and Art of Political Campaign Management, Fourth Edition remains mandatory reading for anyone interested in the electoral process---campaign professionals; activists at the local, state, and national levels; and scholars of American politics and communication. Campaign Craft, Fourth Edition begins with campaign planning and moves to resource and strategic considerations. This text covers contemporary campaign techniques from every angle, ranging from street-level voter contact to emerging trends in political technology. The Fourth Edition provides an in-depth illustration of campaign strategy, including the latest in netroots organizing and Web 2.0 outreach.

Lobbying 3e

Lobbying 3e

The art of political persuasion

  • Author: Lionel Zetter
  • Publisher: Harriman House Limited
  • ISBN: 0857194542
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 630
  • View: 3387
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Fully revised, updated and expanded third edition Lobbying is a global industry which thrives wherever democracy is established. This third edition of Lobbying by Lionel Zetter straddles the globe, from the USA to Japan. It covers the Westminster and Scottish Parliaments, and the Welsh, Northern Ireland and London Assemblies. It examines the lobbying scenes in the USA and Brussels. Finally, the book also deals with Asia, the Gulf and the Middle East. The acknowledged industry bible, this book explains all aspects of lobbying in an expert yet accessible manner. Areas covered include: - the historical background to lobbying, and the ethical and regulatory frameworks - advice on how to break into lobbying - the mechanics of lobbying, and the techniques employed by lobbyists around the world - the various types of lobbying and public affairs campaigns - how to use the media and third-party advocates in support of a campaign - a step-by-step guide to planning and implementing a lobbying campaign. The author is an acknowledged expert in his field, and this book represents a distillation of his decades of experience. There are also 'top tips' from some of the most senior lobbyists in the world, as well as contributions from elected politicians.

The Craft of Collaborative Planning

The Craft of Collaborative Planning

People working together to shape creative and sustainable places

  • Author: Jeff Bishop
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317556208
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 240
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Unlike books that focus solely on methods, The Craft of Collaborative Planning provides a detailed guide to designing and managing all aspects of the collaborative process, advocating for making collaborative work the norm. Beginning with a discussion of the political and legal context of collaborative practice in UK land use planning systems, The Craft of Collaborative Planning tracks a path through the challenging task of process design and working with various groups and individuals. Taking into account the great need for coherent organizational approaches, Bishop outlines evaluation and learning from the collaborative process for the future. Jeff Bishop brings to his writing an exemplary career focused on bringing various parties together to generate creative and widely supported plans and projects. With its focused discussion of UK engagement practices, and detailed outline for making a better collaborative process, The Craft of Collaborative Planning is an essential read for practitioners and decision-makers seeking to bring communities together with creative solutions to spatial planning, design, and development.