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Published: 15 December 2016

488 Pages


ISBN: 9780198702740

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Political Research

Methods and Practical Skills

Second Edition

Sandra Halperin and Oliver Heath

  • Guides students through the theory underpinning political research, the key approaches to this research, and the essential stages of the actual research process.
  • Discusses step-by-step how to conduct research and provides practical examples to show just how such research addresses and impacts real world problems.
  • Helps students to engage with critical thinking and analysis, encouraging them to ask questions and formulate their own opinions about the world of politics and international relations today.
  • Includes a range of features to maximise learning, including chapter summaries, end-of-chapter conclusions and questions, and a guide to further reading, created to re-enforce students' understanding of research methods and further explore specific approaches to research.

New to this Edition:

  • A new chapter on data helps students to understand the key principles of data and measurement
  • A new chapter on historical research methods clearly explains this important area of political research
  • More examples bring to life the methods and practices involved in conducting research to illustrate how research addresses real world problems and impacts upon policy
  • An increased focus on ethical issues encourages students to explore this important aspect of the research process.

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