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Thinking Like a Political Scientist

Thinking Like a Political Scientist

A Practical Guide to Research Methods

  • Author: Christopher Howard
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 022632768X
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 248
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Each year, tens of thousands of students who are interested in politics go through a rite of passage: they take a course in research methods. Many find the subject to be boring or confusing, and with good reason. Most of the standard books on research methods fail to highlight the most important concepts and questions. Instead, they brim with dry technical definitions and focus heavily on statistical analysis, slighting other valuable methods. This approach not only dulls potential enjoyment of the course, but prevents students from mastering the skills they need to engage more directly and meaningfully with a wide variety of research. With wit and practical wisdom, Christopher Howard draws on more than a decade of experience teaching research methods to transform a typically dreary subject and teach budding political scientists the critical skills they need to read published research more effectively and produce better research of their own. The first part of the book is devoted to asking three fundamental questions in political science: What happened? Why? Who cares? In the second section, Howard demonstrates how to answer these questions by choosing an appropriate research design, selecting cases, and working with numbers and written documents as evidence. Drawing on examples from American and comparative politics, international relations, and public policy, Thinking Like a Political Scientist highlights the most common challenges that political scientists routinely face, and each chapter concludes with exercises so that students can practice dealing with those challenges.

Thinking Like a Policy Analyst

Thinking Like a Policy Analyst

Policy Analysis as a Clinical Profession

  • Author: I. Geva-May
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 1403980934
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 310
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The world of policy represents the confluence of a number of intellectual strands in which the clinician brings science together with intuition, and uses his or her experience to interpret the evidence and make recommendations for treatment. This important volume brings together leading scholars to explore the "how" of thinking about policy - the questions, values, judgments and experience the analyst brings to bear.

The Political Science Toolbox

The Political Science Toolbox

A Research Companion to American Government

  • Author: Stephen E. Frantzich,Howard R. Ernst
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 9780742547612
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 323
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This book is designed to serve as a reliable research companion to students of American government as they navigate their undergraduate programs. It is a no-nonsense guide that assists students as they develop research questions, explore the literature, make use of Web-base resources, analyze data, and present findings.

Thinking as a Science

Thinking as a Science

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: Ludwig von Mises Institute
  • ISBN: 1610163206
  • Category:
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Making the Most of College

Making the Most of College

  • Author: Richard J. Light
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 0674417518
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 252
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What choices can students in America make and what can teachers and university leaders do to improve more students' experiences and help them make the most of their time and monetary investment? Two Harvard University presidents invited Richard Light and his colleagues to explore these and other questions, resulting in ten years of interviews with 1,600 Harvard students. Filled with practical advice, Making the Most of College presents strategies for academic success.

Communism in History and Theory

Communism in History and Theory

the European experience

  • Author: Donald F. Busky
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9780275977344
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 171
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Explores the history of European communist parties and governments and key figures throughout the 20th century.

How to Think Like a Social Scientist

How to Think Like a Social Scientist

  • Author: Thomas F. Pettigrew
  • Publisher: Harpercollins College Division
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 198
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This book fosters careful, critical thinking about the social sciences. Pettigrew encourages readers to apply newly developed critical thinking skills to the nature of theory, comparisons and control, cause and change, sampling and selection, varying levels of analysis, and systems thinking in the social sciences.

Wilderburbs

Wilderburbs

Communities on Nature's Edge

  • Author: Lincoln Bramwell
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • ISBN: 0295805587
  • Category: History
  • Page: 344
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Since the 1950s, the housing developments in the West that historian Lincoln Bramwell calls �wilderburbs� have offered residents both the pleasures of living in nature and the creature comforts of the suburbs. Remote from cities but still within commuting distance, nestled next to lakes and rivers or in forests and deserts, and often featuring spectacular views of public lands, wilderburbs celebrate the natural beauty of the American West and pose a vital threat to it. Wilderburbs tells the story of how roads and houses and water development have transformed the rural landscape in the West. Bramwell introduces readers to developers, homeowners, and government regulators, all of whom have faced unexpected environmental problems in designing and building wilderburb communities, including unpredictable water supplies, threats from wildfires, and encounters with wildlife. By looking at wilderburbs in the West, especially those in Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico, Bramwell uncovers the profound environmental consequences of Americans� desire to live in the wilderness.

Do Think Tanks Matter?

Do Think Tanks Matter?

Assessing the Impact of Public Policy Institutes

  • Author: Donald E. Abelson
  • Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
  • ISBN: 0773575413
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 272
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Everyone assumes that think tanks carry enormous weight with lawmakers; this study traces the evolution of think tanks and examines how and under what conditions they can and have made an impact.

Sounds Like a Plot

Sounds Like a Plot

  • Author: Laura Lonshein Ludwig
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 1465320067
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 129
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The pure essence of any revelation can be obtained not only in the core of the examination, but the rigorous application of these principles that we do so cherish even though we go our separate ways. Professor Irwin Corey www.IrwinCorey.com Lenny Bruce said, Irwin Corey is one of the most brilliant comedians of all times. Kenneth Tynan wrote in The New Yorker Magazine, Irwin Corey is a cultural clown, a parody of Literacy, a travesty of all that our civilization holds dear, and one of the funniest grotesques in America. He is Chaplins tramp with a college education. Professor Irwin Corey worked with Ernie Kovacs, and starred in the television series, Doc. Irwin Corey acted in films: How to Commit Marriage, with Bob Hope, Jackie Gleason. Jane Wyman, Leslie Nielsen; Thieves, with Marlo Thomas and Charles Grodin; Crackers, by director Louis Malle, starring Donald Sutherland; Jack, with Robin Williams and Bill Cosby; Im Not Rappaport, with Ossie Davis and Walter Matthau; Curse Of The Jade Scorpion, by Woody Allen; Fairy Tales, by Harry Horowitz; Chatterbox, Car Wash, and Lips. He has guest starred on numerous television programs: The Tonight Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The Mike Douglas Show, Hollywood Squares; and on the Broadway stage in New Faces, Flahooley, Happy as Larry and Mrs. McThing.