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 : Afterword
We conclude our Handbook's tour of research methods in political science and international relations with appreciation: appreciation for the tremendous contributions to the volume and to the discipline of these chapters’ authors, and of the many colleague scientists they reference; and appreciation also for the great progress and accomplishments in research methodology that have forged an impressive modern science of politics and international relations. From formulating interesting and important research questions and agendas, to developing powerful positive theories, to effectively conceptualizing and accurately measuring their moving parts, and properly evaluating, precisely estimating, and substantively interpreting their empirical manifestations, modern political science and international relations is indeed an impressive, productive, and useful science, thanks to – and rooted in – these sound research methods.