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.
Chapter 25: Visualizing Data in Political Science
Much of modern political science is concerned with the analysis of data. Both the sheer mass of data and the variety of different data sources that are used to understand political processes have increased dramatically over the past years. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that political science has also developed a growing interest in data visualization. Indeed, few methods can match the utility of data visualization to explore, describe and communicate patterns in quantitative information.
The power of data visualization is easy to demonstrate. Figure 25.1 displays the relation between two variables in four different data sets. We can easily and almost instantly detect four very distinct data patterns: ...