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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: ...

When Talk Isn't Cheap: Opportunities and Challenges in Interview Research
When talk isn't cheap: opportunities and challenges in interview research
Claire Greenstein Layna Mosley

Many substantive questions and theoretical claims in political science can be usefully evaluated using various forms of qualitative analysis, from process tracing and comparative historical analysis to focus groups, ethnography, and interviews (Bennett and Checkel, 2014; Grzymala-Busse, 2011; Kapiszewski et al., 2018). Descriptions and analyses using qualitative-data-gathering techniques can help scholars to generate causal claims, build theories, provide specific examples of the more general processes assumed by formal and statistical models, and evaluate hypotheses.1

Interviews of elites or members of the mass public can play an important role: researchers might ask policymakers when and how they ...

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