Explorations: Conducting Empirical Research in Canadian Political Science

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Developed specifically for political science students, Explorations provides the necessary tools for thinking about research issues in political science and understanding the power and the limitations of both quantitative and qualitative data. In accessible and engaging language, the authors take students through the steps entailed in empirical research, including conceptualizing research problems, considering ethical guidelines, determining the evidence and data that should be brought to bear, using statistical tests, measuring the concepts that a researcher wishes to address, and describing research findings. Throughout the book, students are actively engaged through exercises that challenge them to apply their understanding to familiar situations.

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University of Calgary

Loleen Berdahl is an Associate Professor of Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, and resides in Saskatoon.

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"This is a very good text . . . clearly written, logically organized in the main, and quite comprehensive." --Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, Queen's University

"The authors have a nice, expressive style that combines clear language with good examples that students in Canada will be able to relate to. Furthermore, the number of methods that are presented is good, and the chapters on quantitative analysis are thoroughly explained." --Laura Stephenson, University of Western Ontario

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