What Is Democracy and How Do We Study It?

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Cameron D. Anderson, Laura Beth Stephenson
University of Toronto Press, Feb 2, 2021 - Political Science - 228 pages

There are many different ways to do political science research. This book takes a core question that motivates research in political science - what is democracy? - and presents, in a single volume, original research demonstrating a variety of approaches to studying it. The approaches and related methods covered by the chapters in this book include normative political theory, positivist quantitative analysis, behaviouralism, critical theory, post-structuralism, historical institutionalism, process tracing, case studies, and literature reviews. Readers are confronted with the different assumptions that researchers make when entering the research process and can compare and contrast the many different ways that a single question can be studied . This book will be enlightening for students of democracy as well as those interested in research design and methodological approaches.

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About the author (2021)

Cameron D. Anderson is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario.

Laura B. Stephenson is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario.

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