Empirical Political Analysis: Research Methods in Political Science
This introduction to research methods in political science covers the entire research process - from conceptualization of the research question, through the difficulties of data collection, to interpretation of the findings.
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THE RESEARCH PROCESS
CONCEPTS AND HYPOTHESES
PREPARING TO DO RESEARCH
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