## The essentials of political analysisProviding a strong conceptual foundation, this book walks students through the basics of measuring concepts, formulating and testing hypotheses, and describing variables. The author's prose introduces key terms and concepts while chapter-opening objectives cue students to learning goals. Class-tested chapter exercises promote skill application. |

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### Contents

What This Book Is and Is Not About | 2 |

Explanations and Hypotheses | 28 |

Describing Variables and Making Comparisons | 51 |

Copyright | |

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