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 51: Laboratory Experimental Methods
This chapter provides an overview of some leading work using experimental methods in political science. Given that experimental methods have become an increasingly important tool for political scientists – research in all subfields of the discipline can use and have used experimental methods – we will narrow the scope of the chapter to explore the design and implementation of laboratory experiments. Nevertheless, we will explore the use of experimental methods to study a wide range of political science questions.
The chapter is divided into three sections. The first section is dedicated to discussing some of the most important methodological issues regarding effective laboratory experiments. The second section of the chapter ...