Political Science

Case Studies and Causal Inference

An Integrative Framework

Author: I. Rohlfing

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137271329

Category: Political Science

Page: 257

View: 3121

A discussion of the case study method which develops an integrative framework for causal inference in small-n research. This framework is applied to research design tasks such as case selection and process tracing. The book presents the basics, state-of-the-art and arguments for improving the case study method and empirical small-n research.
Social Science

Process-Tracing Methods

Foundations and Guidelines

Author: Derek Beach,Rasmus Brun Pedersen

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 047205189X

Category: Social Science

Page: 199

View: 6140

The first practical guide for using process tracing in social science research
Political Science

Qualitative Methods in International Relations

A Pluralist Guide

Author: A. Klotz,D. Prakash

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230584128

Category: Political Science

Page: 260

View: 8976

We still lack practical answers to one of the most basic questions in empirical research:How should researchers interpret meanings? The contributors take seriously the goals of both post-modernist and positivist researchers, as they offer detailed guidance on how to apply specific tools of analysis and how to circumvent their inherent limitations.
Political Science

Multi-Method Social Science

Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Tools

Author: Jason Seawright

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107097711

Category: Political Science

Page: 242

View: 4652

This book provides the first systematic guide to designing multi-method research, considering a wide range of statistical and qualitative tools.
Political Science

Targeted Sanctions

Author: Thomas J. Biersteker,Sue E. Eckert,Marcos Tourinho

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107134218

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

View: 2011

Systematically analyzes the impacts and the effectiveness of UN targeted sanctions over the past quarter century.
Political Science

Political Science Research Methods in Action

Author: M. Bruter,M. Lodge

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137318260

Category: Political Science

Page: 261

View: 2711

Through accounts from innovative research projects by world-leading political scientists, this volume offers a unique perspective on research methodology. It discusses the practical and intellectual dilemmas researchers face throughout the research process in a wide range of fields from implicit attitude testing to media analysis and interviews.
Political Science

Comparative Policy Studies

Conceptual and Methodological Challenges

Author: I. Engeli,C. Rothmayr Allison,Christine Rothmayr Allison

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113731415X

Category: Political Science

Page: 264

View: 8018

In the first volume of its kind, a collection of top policy scholars combine empirical and methodological analysis in the field of comparative policy studies to provide compelling insights into the formulation, implementation and evaluation of policies across regional and national boundaries.
Political Science

People and Parliament in the European Union

Participation, Democracy, and Legitimacy

Author: Jean Blondel,Richard Sinnott,Palle Svensson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198293089

Category: Political Science

Page: 287

View: 3509

The power of the European Parliament has been steadily and visibly increasing in recent years. This arises from EU treaty changes and from the fact that more and more decisions are being made at the European level. At the same time, however, the already low rate of turnout in European elections has actually been declining. This powerful new study examines a seemingly paradoxical situation which has raised deep concern about the democratic deficit in the European Union. The authors analyse the concepts of participation, democracy, and legitimacy and their applicability at the European level and develop a typology of voter participation and abstention in the European context. Combining extensive new data from specially commissioned surveys in all 1994 member states with a searching review of the existing evidence, they provide a comprehensive account of the legitimacy of the European Union and examine the images of the European Parliament, citizens experiences of the 1994 campaign and their perceptions of the parties and the candidates. In an analysis that challenges existing interpretations, the institutional, demographic, and attitudinal sources of participation and abstention are fully explored. The study concludes by considering how participation and democratic representation might be enhanced, acknowledging forthrightly the obstacles and inherent limits that such efforts are likely to face.
Political Science

Cyber-Security and Threat Politics

US Efforts to Secure the Information Age

Author: Myriam Dunn Cavelty

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134086695

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

View: 4466

This book explores the political process behind the construction of cyber-threats as one of the quintessential security threats of modern times in the US. Myriam Dunn Cavelty posits that cyber-threats are definable by their unsubstantiated nature. Despite this, they have been propelled to the forefront of the political agenda. Using an innovative theoretical approach, this book examines how, under what conditions, by whom, for what reasons, and with what impact cyber-threats have been moved on to the political agenda. In particular, it analyses how governments have used threat frames, specific interpretive schemata about what counts as a threat or risk and how to respond to this threat. By approaching this subject from a security studies angle, this book closes a gap between practical and theoretical academic approaches. It also contributes to the more general debate about changing practices of national security and their implications for the international community.
Business & Economics

Innovative Comparative Methods for Policy Analysis

Beyond the Quantitative-Qualitative Divide

Author: Benoit Rihoux,Heike Grimm

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0387288295

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 344

View: 5687

Innovative Comparative Methods for Policy Analysis aims to provide a decisive push to the further development and application of innovative and specific comparative methods for the improvement of policy analysis. To take on this challenge, this volume brings together methodologists and specialists from a broad range of social scientific disciplines and policy fields. The work further develops methods for systematic comparative cases analysis in a small-N research design, with a key emphasis laid on policy-oriented applications. Innovative Comparative Methods for Policy Analysis is clearly both a social scientific and policy-driven endeavor; on the one hand, the book engages in an effort to further improve social scientific methods, but on the other hand this effort also intends to provide useful, applied tools for policy analysts and the "policy community" alike. Though quite a variety of methods and techniques are touched upon in this volume, its focus is mainly laid on two recently developed research methods/techniques which enable researchers to systematically compare a limited number of cases; Qualitative Comparative Analysis(QCA) and Fuzzy-Sets (FS).
Political Science

Social Movement Campaigns on EU Policy

In the Corridors and in the Streets

Author: Louisa Parks

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137411066

Category: Political Science

Page: 210

View: 568

This book assesses how much influence social movements have on EU policy and the means through which influence is secured. Using wide-ranging case studies of campaigns from GMOs to water rights and Internet freedom, it elucidates the important differences between technical and political campaigns.

Policy Practice and Digital Science

Integrating Complex Systems, Social Simulation and Public Administration in Policy Research

Author: Marijn Janssen,Maria A. Wimmer,A. Deljoo

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319127845

Category: Law

Page: 431

View: 4481

The explosive growth in data, computational power, and social media creates new opportunities for innovating the processes and solutions of Information and communications technology (ICT) based policy-making and research. To take advantage of these developments in the digital world, new approaches, concepts, instruments and methods are needed to navigate the societal and computational complexity. This requires extensive interdisciplinary knowledge of public administration, policy analyses, information systems, complex systems and computer science. This book provides the foundation for this new interdisciplinary field, in which various traditional disciplines are blending. Both policy makers, executors and those in charge of policy implementations acknowledge that ICT is becoming more important and is changing the policy-making process, resulting in a next generation policy-making based on ICT support. Web 2.0 and even Web 3.0 point to the specific applications of social networks, semantically enriched and linked data, whereas policy-making has also to do with the use of the vast amount of data, predictions and forecasts, and improving the outcomes of policy-making, which is confronted with an increasing complexity and uncertainty of the outcomes. The field of policy-making is changing and driven by developments like open data, computational methods for processing data, opining mining, simulation and visualization of rich data sets, all combined with public engagement, social media and participatory tools.
Political Science

Resources and Applied Methods in International Relations

Author: Guillaume Devin

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319619799

Category: Political Science

Page: 187

View: 6010

This book constitutes an up-to-date methodology reference work for International Relations (IR) scholars and students. The study of IR calls for the use of multiple and various tools to try and describe international phenomena, analyze and understand them, compare them, interpret them, and try to offer theoretical approaches. In a nutshell, doing research in IR requires both tools and methods—from the use of archives to the translation of results through mapping, from conducting interviews to analyzing quantitative data, from constituting a corpus to the always touchy interpretation of images and discourses. This volume assembles twenty young researchers and professors in the field of IR and political science to discuss numerous rich and thoroughly explained case studies. Merging traditional political science approaches with methods borrowed from sociology and history, it offers a clear and instructive synthesis of the main resources and applied methods to study International Relations.
Political Science

Party Policy in Modern Democracies

Author: Kenneth Benoit,Michael Laver

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134206186

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

View: 2696

A new and wide-ranging empirical overview of party policy in 47 modern democracies, including all of the new democracies of Eastern Europe. It updates and radically extends Policy and Party Competition (1992), which established itself as a key mainstream data source for all political scientists exploring the policy positions of political parties. This essential text is divided into three clear parts: Part I introduces the study, themes and methodology Part II deals in depth with the wide range of issues involved in estimating and analyzing the policy positions of key political actors. Part III is the key data section that identifies key policy dimensions across the 47 countries, detailing their party positions and median legislators, and is complemented by graphical representations of each party system. This book is an invaluable reference for all political scientists, particularly those interested in party policy and comparative politics.
Political Science

Ecological Inference

New Methodological Strategies

Author: Gary King,Martin A. Tanner,Ori Rosen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521542807

Category: Political Science

Page: 421

View: 3896

Drawing upon the explosion of research in the field, a diverse group of scholars surveys strategies for solving ecological inference problems, the process of trying to infer individual behavior from aggregate data. The uncertainties and information lost in aggregation make ecological inference one of the most difficult areas of statistical inference, but these inferences are required in many academic fields, as well as by legislatures and the Courts in redistricting, marketing research by business, and policy analysis by governments. This wide-ranging collection of essays, first published in 2004, offers many important contributions to the study of ecological inference.
Social Science

Causal Case Study Methods

Foundations and Guidelines for Comparing, Matching, and Tracing

Author: Derek Beach,Rasmus Brun Pedersen

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472053221

Category: Social Science

Page: 398

View: 4091

An introduction to causal case study methods, complete with step-by-step guidelines and examples
Political Science

Mobilizing on the Extreme Right

Germany, Italy, and the United States

Author: Manuela Caiani,Donatella della Porta,Claudius Wagemann

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199641269

Category: Political Science

Page: 248

View: 1280

This volume compares the extreme right in Italy, Germany, and the United States using concepts and methods developed in social movement studies, paying particular attention to the discourses actions, and organisational structures of each movement.
Political Science

The Local Dimension of Migration Policymaking

Author: Tiziana Caponio,Maren Borkert

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9089642323

Category: Political Science

Page: 195

View: 5532

This edited volume prompts a fresh look at immigrant integration policy. Revealing just where immigrants & their receiving societies interact everyday, it shows how societal inclusion is administered & produced at a local level. The studies focus on three issue areas of migration policy - citizenship, welfare services & religious diversity.
Business & Economics

The politics of social networks

interpersonal trust and institutional change in post-communist East Germany

Author: Astrid Hedin

Publisher: N.A


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 7387

Business & Economics

Three Social Science Disciplines in Central and Eastern Europe

Handbook on Economics, Political Science and Sociology (1989-2001)

Author: Max Kaase,Vera Sparschuh,Agnieszka Wenninger

Publisher: Lit Verlag


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 668

View: 6889

This handbook is a joint publication of Collegium Budapest and the Social Science Information Centre. Thirty countries reported on the development and current state of three social science disciplines--economics, political science and sociology--in Central and Eastern European countries. Solid analyses by East European experts provide up-to-date overviews of the three social sciences.