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.
Chapter 45: Network Analysis: Theory and Testing
Network Analysis: Theory and Testing
Although it is intuitive to conceptualize politics as a process that involves interactions, only within the last 20 years have political scientists had the theoretical and computational assets to fully engage an array of political questions using network-based theory and methods. Technological advances make computationally expensive network analysis more accessible to more scholars. This chapter proceeds by describing the major contributions that network analysis has made to the discipline of political science. The chapter continues with a discussion of the fundamental components of a network, which is tied to formal network theory. Then, a discussion follows of the basics of mathematical graph theory, as applicable to network analysis in politics. Next, the chapter gives practical ...