Political Science Research

Political Science Research - Good ones are • Explanatory...

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1/26/2011 1 Political Science 1.26.2011 Chapter 1 What is political science? Scientific inquiry seeking to understand and explain political behavior. Scientific: systematic, thorough, unbiased Political phenomena: citizens and elites preferences or actions; government institutions; public policy Major Subfields International Relations (IR) Comparative Politics American Politics Public administration Public law Methodology Political Theory Steps in a Research Project Topic Research Question Theory/Literature Review Hypotheses Tests Results Conclusions
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1/26/2011 2 Research Questions
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Unformatted text preview: Good ones are: • Explanatory • Empirically answerable • Interesting/Important • Relatively specific • Political Example • How has No Child Left Behind hurt school performance? Better: – How has No Child Left Behind affected school performance? Even better: – How has No Child Left Behind affected standardized test scores by school? More Examples • What is the best form of government? • How have U.S./Chinese relations changed over time? • Will the U.S. ever elect a female president?...
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