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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

Designing a Research Project1
Designing a research project
Hans Keman
Introduction

The ‘art of doing research’ in political science is explored here by demonstrating how to relate a theory guided Research Question to a properly founded Research Answer by developing an adequate Research Design. First, the role of theory and conceptualization will be examined. Second, the function of variables in social research will be highlighted. Third, the meaning of ‘cases’ and their selection will be discussed. These are important steps in any (comparative) Research Design. Fourth, the focus will turn to the ‘core’ of any type of research, whether qualitative or quantitative: linking evidence to argument in a verifiable and convincing fashion. Among the different methods and approaches (see e.g. Burnham ...

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