The design of social and political research
Title: The design of social and political research
Author: SCHMITTER, Philippe C.
Publisher: Springer Singapore Pte Ltd
Citation: Chinese political science review, 2016, Vol. 1, No. 4, pp. 577-609
ISSN: 2365-4244; 2365-4252
Good social and political research requires an explicit design. In this article, this is illustrated by a cycle of choices that begin with the transformation of an idea into a topic and end with the drawing of inferences from the patterns of association one finds. In between lie critical decisions about concepts, hypotheses, indicators, case selection, measurement and tests for association.
Subject: Selection of projects; Conceptualization; Hypothesis formation; Operationalization of variables; Case selection; Tests for association; Causal inference
First Online: 20 October 2016
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