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Political Science 1/16/09 -Types of political science Quantitative vs Qualitative Perestroika and the ramifications behind it -Survey Research: America National Elections Studies (ANES) General Social Survey (GSS) -Problems? Instrumentation: Questionnaire vs interviews Question Wording Sampling Interviewers -Scaling Techniques: Likert Scales: 7 Point partisanship or ideology scales Agree vs Disagree Problems? Nominal Data…lose information -Content Analysis: Leaders Speeches News Accounts Legislative Debates Problems? How much time do you have? -Comparative Analyses Problems? Equivalence of Measures across units of analysis Polity Data Aggregate Data: Census Data Surveys Organizational Data Problems? Indexing: Muddling the explanatory strength of our variables Ecological Fallacy Is anyone still going this route or are we doomed to a life of number crunching in political science? Examples?
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Fenno and Congress Putnam and Democracy Interviewing: Elite level interviewing Gurian and presidential campaign managers Focus Groups: What are they and were do we most often see/hear about them? Case Studies: Think of the direct observation example, description valued over explanation, if done properly it can be generalized in later research Experimental Research- Now Were talking science: Control Group vs the Experiment Groups Ex: Lodge, Steenbergen and Brau 1995…on line model of candidate evaluation What are some of the issues here? 1/26/09 Research Questions and Article Critiques -personally: want to do something you are interested in, should be original -academically: originality, relevance…”so what?”, is it do-able? , need a workable question -change: Jeffords switch, events that change political circumstances, before and after affects, new law, treaty between nations -puzzle: why does one regime respond to a sanction differently -changes and puzzles: unique opportunities for research, weeds out some material that may have already been covered -literature: if work has been done in the area, then the extant literature will determine if there are still cracks to be filled in -Article Critiques: articles from scholarly journals, related to your topic/ questions - whats the question, how is it being answered, whats the hypothesis, -what date is being used and how? Evidene of thesis -does it pass the so what test, are there problems/ anything unaddressed? - 2/9/09 Research Design: The First Steps- Measurement -need tentative research question and hypothesis by Friday -Why do we measure? -quantitative reasoning requires measurement -to measure, we must understand or define something about what we are measuring -what can we measure? What can’t we measure? -the better we define the concepts we are measuring, the better we can measure them
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Concept: Truck -what do we need to know to answer the question: -What proportion of people in the U.S are truck owners? -how many people in the U.S, what defines a truck owner, what defines a truck? Personal
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Pols 2000 - Political Science 1/16/09 -Types of political...

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