The Elements of Social Scientific Thinking

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Cengage Learning, May 12, 2007 - Political Science - 224 pages
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A concise introduction to the fundamental concepts of social scientific thinking, this classic text--a favorite with students for over 30 years--makes scientific thinking, research methods and statistics accessible to undergraduates at a common sense level.
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Contents

Thinking Scientifically
1
The Elements of Science
12
Strategies
41
Refinements
61
Measuring Variables and Relationships
83
Reflections Back to the Roots
124
Trust in Government The United States in Comparative Perspective
173
Index
198
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About the author (2007)

Kenneth Hoover (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) was Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Western Washington University. His final books included THE FUTURE OF IDENTITY (2004); ECONOMICS AS IDEOLOGY: KEYNES, LASKI, HAYEK AND THE CREATION OF CONTEMPORARY POLITICS (2003); and with John Miles, Vernon Johnson, and Sara Weir, IDEOLOGY AND POLITICAL LIFE, Third Edition (2001).

Todd Donovan (Ph.D., University of California, Riverside) is a professor of Political Science at Western Washington University. He teaches state and local politics; American politics, parties, campaigns, and elections; comparative electoral systems; and introductory research methods and statistics. His research interests include direct democracy, election systems and representation, political behavior, subnational politics, and the political economy of local development. He has been published extensively in academic journals; written a number of books on direct democracy, elections, institutions, and reform; and has received numerous grants and awards for his work. He is coauthor (with Ken Hoover) of THE ELEMENTS OF SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC THINKING, also published by Cengage Learning.

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