PS102Lecture24

PS102Lecture24 - Putting It All Together: The Research...

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Putting It All Together: The Research Report Political Science 102 Introduction to Political Inquiry Lecture 24
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Motivating the Question Clearly specify the research question What is the “why” question? Why is it important? See Lecture 3 Examples: Tomz audience costs project: Why are democracies more credible at bargaining? Wallace arms race project Does arms spending cause or prevent war?
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Review the Literature What do we already know about the question being asked? Who has studied the question? What have we learned? What remains to be learned? See Lecture 10 Example: Poe & Tate description of research on human rights violations
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Explaining the Phenomenon Clearly articulate causal theory of the phenomenon of interest What are the dependent and independent variables? How does the independent variable cause the dependent variable? What are alternative explanations? See Lecture 3 Example: Ansolabehere et. al. on negative advertising and voter turnout
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Testable Hypotheses Use the theoretical explanation to motivate specific
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