The Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology 1st Edition by Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier, ISBN-13: 978-0199585564


The Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology 1st Edition by Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier, ISBN-13: 978-0199585564

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  • Publisher: ‎ Oxford University Press; 1st edition (July 29, 2010)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 896 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 0199585563
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0199585564

Political methodology has changed dramatically over the past thirty years, and many new methods and techniques have been developed. Both the Political Methodology Society and the Qualitative/Multi-Methods Section of the American Political Science Association have engaged in ongoing research and training programs that have advanced quantitative and qualitative methodology. The Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology presents and synthesizes these developments.

The Handbook provides comprehensive overviews of diverse methodological approaches, with an emphasis on three major themes. First, specific methodological tools should be at the service of improved conceptualization, comprehension of meaning, measurement, and data collection. They should increase analysts’ leverage in reasoning about causal relationships and evaluating them empirically by contributing to powerful research designs. Second, the authors explore the many different ways of addressing these tasks: through case-studies and large-n designs, with both quantitative and qualitative data, and via techniques ranging from statistical modelling to process tracing. Finally, techniques can cut across traditional methodological boundaries and can be useful for many different kinds of researchers. Many of the authors thus explore how their methods can inform, and be used by, scholars engaged in diverse branches of methodology.

Table of Contents:

Part I: Introduction

1. Political Science Methodology, Janet Box-Steffensmeier, Henry Brady, David Collier

2. Normative Methodology, Russell Hardin

Part II: Approaches to Social Science Methodology

3. Meta-methodology: Clearing the Underbrush, Mark Bevir

4. Agent-based Modeling, Scott de Marchi and Scott E. Page

Part III: Concepts and Measurement

5. Concepts, Theories, and Numbers: A Checklist for Constructing, Evaluating, and Using Concepts or Quantitative Measures, Gary Goertz

6. Measurement, Simon Jackman

7. Typologies: Forming Concepts and Creating Catagorical Variables, David Collier, Jody LaPorte, and Jason Seawright

8. Measurement versus Calibration: A Set-theoretic Approach, Charles C. Ragin

9. The Evolving Influence of Psychometrics in Political Science, Keith T. Poole

Part IV: Causality and Explanation in Social Research

10. Causation and Explanation in Social Science, Henry E. Brady

11. The Neyman-Rubin Model of Causal Inference and Estimation via Matching Methods, Jasjeet S.Sekhon

12. On Types of Scientific Enquiry: The Role of Qualitative Reasoning, David A. Freedman

13. Studying Mechanisms to Strengthen Causal Inferences in Quantitative Research, Peter Hedstrom

Part V: Experiments, Quasi-experiments and Natural Experiments

14. Experimentation in Political Science, Rebecca B. Morton and Kenneth C. Williams

15. Field Experiments and Natural Experiments, Alan S. Gerber and Donald P. Green

Part VI: Quantitative Tools for Descriptive and Causal Inference: General Methods

16. Survey Methodology, Richard Johnston

17. Endogeneity and Structural Equation Estimation in Political Science, John E. Jackson

18. Structural Equation Models, Kenneth A. Bollen, Sophia Rabe-Hesketh, and Anders Skrondal

19. Time-series Analysis, Jon C. Pevehouse and Jason D. Brozek

20. Time-series Cross-section Methods, Nathaniel Beck

21. Bayesian Analysis, Andrew D. Martin

Part VII: Quantitative Tools for Descriptive and Causal Inference: Special Topics

22. Discrete Choice Methods, Garrett Glasgow and R. Michael Alvarez

23. Survival Analysis, Jonathan Golub

24. Cross-level/Ecological Inference, Wendy K. Tam Cho and Charles F. Manski

25. Empirical Models of Spatial Interdependence, Robert J. Franzese Jr, and Jude C. Hays

26. Multilevel Models, Bradford S. Jones

Part VIII: Qualitative Tools for Descriptive and Causal Inference

27. Counterfactuals and Case Studies, Jack S. Levy

28. Case Selection for Case-study Analysis: Qualitative and Quantitative Techniques, John Gerring

29. Interviewing and Qualitative Field Methods: Pragmatism and Practicalities, Brian C. Rathbun

30. Process Tracing: A Bayesian Perspective, Andrew Bennett

31. Case-oriented Configurational Research: Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), Fuzzy Sets, and Related Techniques, Benoit Rihoux

32. Comparative-historical Analysis in Contemporary Political Science, James Mahoney and P. Larkin Terrie

33. Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, James D. Fearon and David D. Laitin

Part IX: Organizations, Institutions, and Movements in the Field of Methodology

34. Qualitative and Multimethod Research: Organizations, Publication, and Reflections on Integration, David Collier and Colin Elman

35. Quantitative Methodology, Charles H. Franklin

36. Forty Years of Publishing in Quantitative Methodology, Michael S. Lewis-Beck

37. The EITM Approach: Origins and Interpretations, John H. Aldrich, James E. Alt, and Arthur Lupia


Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier is the Vernal Riffe Professor of Political Science, Director of the Program in Statistics and Methodology, and courtesy faculty of Sociology at the Ohio State University. She holds a B.A. in mathematics and political science from Coe College and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

Henry E. Brady is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in Economics and Political Science from MIT, and his areas of interest include Quantitative Methodology, American and Canadian Politics, and Political Behavior. He teaches undergraduate courses on political participation and party systems and graduate courses on advanced quantitative methodology.

David Collier is Professor of Political Science at University of California, Berkeley and former President of the American Political Science Association. His fields are comparative politics, Latin American politics, and methodology. His latest book is Rethinking Social Inquiry: Diverse Tools, Shared Standards, of which he is co-editor and co-author with Henry E. Brady.

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