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 54: Survey Experiments and the Quest for Valid Interpretation
Survey Experiments and the Quest for Valid Interpretation
When Diana Mutz wrote Population-Based Survey Experiments in 2011, she stressed one theme throughout the book. That theme: the use of large random samples with experiments embedded in them is an ideal means by which to generate causal generalizations. The embedded experiment provides the needed leverage to identify true cause and effect, and the random sample of a national population ensures that the results can be generalized to the population from which the sample was drawn.
Mutz's logic remains as compelling today as it was when she wrote the book. However, two significant changes have occurred. First, the increasing influence of the causal inference movement has changed political scientists’ priorities with respect to ...