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Intelligent Research Design

A Guide for Beginning Researchers in the Social Sciences

Bob Hancké

July 2009

ISBN: 9780199570799

160 pages
Paperback
234x156mm

In Stock

Price: £32.49

Offering advice to beginning doctoral researchers and advanced graduate students on how to embark on their research this lively book, which is deliberately kept jargon-free and adopts a hands-on approach to research design, addresses the problems that research students face - or ignore, often at their peril - in the course of their first few years.

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Offering advice to beginning doctoral researchers and advanced graduate students on how to embark on their research this lively book, which is deliberately kept jargon-free and adopts a hands-on approach to research design, addresses the problems that research students face - or ignore, often at their peril - in the course of their first few years.

  • Essential reading for anyone embarking on research in the social sciences
  • A short, inexpensive guide to research that students can use alongside more established texts
  • Addresses problems of research design in terms which are recognisable to students
  • Clear sections on how to identify a good research question, present papers, and discuss papers

About the Author(s)

Bob Hancké, Reader in European Political Economy, London School of Economics and Political Science

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1:Research in the Social Sciences
    2:Constructing a Research Design
    3:Constructing Case Studies and Comparisons
    4:Constructing Data
    5:Writing Up Your Research
    6:For the Road
    Appendix: Participating in the Profession
    A. Presenting a Paper
    B. Discussing a Paper
    C. Research Proposals
    Bibliography

Reviews

"This is an excellent book. It should be useful for both graduate students and their supervisors (especially those making their first steps in supervising PhD students). The book offers a systematic and reflective guide to empirical research in the social sciences. It can also benefit researchers in other disciplines, such as law" - Oren Perez, Political Studies Review

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