The SAGE Handbook of Research Methods in Political Science and International Relations offers a comprehensive overview of research processes in social science - from the ideation and design of research projects, through the construction of theoretical arguments, to conceptualization, measurement, and data collection, and quantitative and qualitative empirical analysis - exposited through 65 major new contributions from leading international methodologists. Each chapter surveys, builds upon, and extends the modern state of the art in its area. Following through its six-part organization, undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and practicing academics will be guided through the design, methods, and analysis of issues in Political Science and International Relations: Part One: Formulating Good Research Questions and Designing Good Research Projects; Part Two: Methods of Theoretical Argumentation; Part Three: Conceptualization and Measurement; Part Four: Large-Scale Data Collection and Representation Methods; Part Five: Quantitative-Empirical Methods; Part Six: Qualitative and Mixed Methods.

Model Specification and Spatial Interdependence*

Scott J. CookJude C. HaysRobert Franzese


Researchers now regularly estimate spatial models in applied political science, both to enhance the validity of their direct (i.e., non-spatial) covariate-effect estimates and to test explicitly spatial theories. While this is a welcome advance over past practices, we worry that much of this first generation of applied spatial research overlooks certain aspects of spatial models. In particular, while different theories imply different spatial-model specifications, statistical tests frequently have power against incorrect alternatives. As a consequence, researchers who fail to discriminate explicitly between the different manifestations of spatial association in their outcomes are likely to erroneously find support for their theoretically preferred spatial process (e.g., contagion or endogenous global spillovers) even where an alternative process ...

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