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.

Field Experiments on the Frontier: Designing Better

Field Experiments on the Frontier: Designing Better
Betsy Sinclair


‘Leave no trace’ is a motto used to characterize outdoor ethics – the notion that when humans interact with the outdoors, they should minimize their impact on the natural landscape. The phrase is also appropriate for field experimenters, whose goals should jointly be to extract as much scholarly insight as possible from each experiment but also to minimize the disruption of their experiment on the political landscape. As field experiments have grown in popularity – Desposato's (2016) latest estimate is that 25% of all articles in the American Journal of Political Science contain an experiment – experimenters are under increasing pressure to ensure their experiments do ...

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