A broad-ranging and pluralistic textbook which highlights the rich variety of approaches to studying politics. Written by an international team of experts, this fully revised fourth edition offers cutting-edge coverage from fundamental to contemporary issues. Integrating guides to further reading and clear examples of how research methods can be applied, it enables readers to feel confident about taking their study of politics forward.
An ideal foundation for study and research in political science, this textbook will be essential to students at any stage of their degree. It serves as core reading on undergraduate and postgraduate political analysis, theory and method courses. In addition, in demonstrating how independent research is undertaken in political science, the book allows students and early career researchers to begin thinking about formulating their own research agendas.
, David Marsh
, Gerry Stoker
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4th ed. 2018
Series: Political Analysis
31 October 2017
Further / Higher Education
Introduction; Vivien Lowndes, David Marsh and Gerry Stoker.- PART I: THEORY AND APPROACHES 1. Behavouralism; David Sanders.- 2. Rational Choice; Andrew Hindmoor and Brad Taylor.- 3. Institutionalism; Vivien Lowndes.- 4. Constructivism and Interpretive Theory; Craig Parsons.- 5. Feminist and Gender Approaches; Meryl Kenny and Fiona Mackay.- 6. Marxism: A global perspective; Ray Kiely.- 7. Poststructuralism; Mark Wenman.- 8. Political Psychology; Frank Mols and Paul 't Hart.- 9. Normative Theory; Chris Armstrong.- PART II: METHODS AND RESEARCH DESIGN 10. Ontology and Epistemology in Political Science; David Marsh, Selen A. Ercan and Paul Furlong.- 11. Meta-Theoretical Issues in Political Analysis; David Marsh.- 12. Research Design; Dimiter Toshkov.- 13. Qualitative Methods; Ariadne Vromen.- 14. Quantitative Methods; Peter John.- 15. Comparative Methods; Matt Ryan.- 16. The Experimental Method: Prospects for field and laboratory studies; Helen Margetts and Gerry Stoker.- 17. Big Data: Methods for collection and analysis; Michael J. Jensen.- 18. The Relevance of Political Science; B. Guy Peters, Jon Pierre and Gerry Stoker.
Vivian Lowndes is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Birmingham, UK.David Marsh is Director of Research, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra, Australia.Gerry Stoker is Professor at the University of Southampton and Centenary Research Professor, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra.