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Research Methods in Politics and International Relations



March 2020 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This is the perfect guide to conducting a research project in Politics and International Relations. From formulating a research question and conducting a literature review to writing up and disseminating your work, this book guides you through the research process from start to finish.

The book:

-        Is focused specifically on research methods in Politics and IR

-        Introduces the central methodological debates in a clear, accessible style

-        Considers the key questions of ethics and research design

-        Covers both qualitative and quantitative approaches

-        Shows you how to choose and implement the right methods in your own project

The book features two example research projects – one from Politics, one from International Relations– that appear periodically throughout the book to show you how real research looks at each stage of the process. Packed full of engaging examples, it provides you with all you need to know to coordinate your own research project in Politics and International Relations.

 
About the Authors
 
Acknowledgements
 
Introduction
 
Chapter 1: Getting Started
 
Chapter 2: Methodology and Methods in Politics and International Relations
 
Chapter 3: Research Ethics
 
Chapter 4: Your Research Question
 
Chapter 5: Compiling and Writing a Literature Review
 
Chapter 6: Research Design
 
Chapter 7: Collecting Data for Qualitative Methods
 
Chapter 8: Tools and Strategies for Qualitative Analysis
 
Chapter 9: Collecting and Preparing Data for Quantitative Methods
 
Chapter 10: Tools and Strategies for Quantitative Analysis
 
Chapter 11: Writing Up Your Paper
 
Chapter 12: Looking Forward
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

There’s no better learning experience for political science students than carrying out an original research project. But the task can be daunting for students as well as instructors.  Research Methods in Politics and International Relations is an excellent new resource that will be a useful companion as students set out on this endeavor.  Boduszynski and Lamont’s book is methodologically inclusive and touches on important subjects that are often overlooked, such as research ethics and publishing.

Gene Park
Director of the Global Policy Institute and Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California.

Research Methods in Politics & International Relations is a highly useful, engaging, and accessible methods textbook anchored in concise and compelling chapters and clear explanations of key dimensions of qualitative and quantitative research processes. Moreover, the book provides undergraduates with an in-depth understanding of how to design and carry out different types of research projects, ranging from research papers, capstone research projects, and senior dissertations.

 

Victor Peskin
Associate Professor, School of Politics & Global Studies, Arizona State University.

Research training is more important than ever for students of Politics and International Relations at all levels. Lamont and Boduszynski provide a comprehensive, pluralist and accessible guide to the research process and the challenges and dilemmas it entails, a great resource for teachers and students alike.

 

Dr Daniela Lai
Senior Lecturer in International Relations at London South Bank University

Boduszynski and Lamont’s new textbook breaks new ground in promoting a comprehensive introduction to research methods in politics and international relations. I especially appreciated the unique discussion of research ethics, which provides an opportunity to reflect on the broader significance of one’s research as well as the importance of protecting human subjects. The text wholeheartedly embraces the notion of methodological pluralism, giving equal voice to a range of qualitative and quantitative methods. It does this while avoiding the divisive debates about whether some approaches are superior to others. The progression of chapters also usefully mirrors the research process, from exploring topics to writing and publishing.

Michael Byron Nelson
Director of the Center for Civic and Social Change and Chair of the Political Science Department at Monmouth College, IL.

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Christopher Lamont

Christopher Lamont is Assistant Dean of E-Track Programs and is Associate Professor of International Relations at the Institute for International Strategy, Tokyo International University.  He has taught a number of research methods classes in International Relations, including Methodologies in International Relations, Methodologies and Research Practice, Research Methods in History and International Relations and Research Methods for Area Studies. He holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Glasgow (2008) and MSc in International and European Politics from the University of Edinburgh (2005) and a BA in International Studies from... More About Author

Mieczyslaw P. Boduszynski

Mieczyslaw (Mietek) Boduszynski is Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at Pomona College in California, USA. At Pomona, he teaches courses on U.S. Foreign Policy, the Middle East, democracy and democratization, and Eastern Europe and the Balkans. He has advised dozens of undergraduate theses, an experience which has contributed greatly to this book. He has published two books, one on regime change in the Balkans and the second on U.S. policy in the Middle East, and is a recent contributor of op-eds and commentaries to international media. Prior to joining Pomona, Mietek was a diplomat with the U.S.... More About Author

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