The SAGE Handbook of Research Methods in Political Science and International Relations offers a comprehensive overview of research processes in social science - from the ideation and design of research projects, through the construction of theoretical arguments, to conceptualization, measurement, and data collection, and quantitative and qualitative empirical analysis - exposited through 65 major new contributions from leading international methodologists. Each chapter surveys, builds upon, and extends the modern state of the art in its area. Following through its six-part organization, undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and practicing academics will be guided through the design, methods, and analysis of issues in Political Science and International Relations: Part One: Formulating Good Research Questions and Designing Good Research Projects; Part Two: Methods of Theoretical Argumentation; Part Three: Conceptualization and Measurement; Part Four: Large-Scale Data Collection and Representation Methods; Part Five: Quantitative-Empirical Methods; Part Six: Qualitative and Mixed Methods.

Political Psychology, Social Psychology and Behavioral Economics

Political psychology, social psychology and behavioral economics
Rose McDermott

This chapter will examine the differences, as well as the overlaps, between the procedures, assumptions, criteria for evaluating quality and accepted standards for empirical research across several different disciplines. Particular attention will be paid to how these characteristics vary according to the different questions and aims pursued by each discipline. In addition, underlying differences in disciplinary culture that affect these intellectual pursuits will also be mentioned where relevant.

Although clearly this endeavor could be undertaken around a wide variety of disciplines, here the focus will be on political psychology, social psychology and behavioral economics, primarily because these disciplines share some important overlaps regarding the operative unit of ...

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