Packed with features to promote learning this text is ideal for use on an introductory methods course or for readers carrying out their own research project. It presents: - an overview of the philosophy and principles of research - qualitative and quantitative research methods and research design - a critical review of selected methods - methods of gathering information, such as interviews and focus groups, and discusses issues associated with ensuring quality of information - appropriate methods for analysing and interpreting data, and covers the process of communicating research. The inclusion of chapter objectives, regular summaries, questions for discussion and tasks and assignments, makes this the must-have text for researching politics.


‘A politician can never [lie] flawlessly because their body language will always give them away, psychologists say’.

(BBC News 5 September 2006)1

Teaching and learning objectives:

  • To consider the relevance of observation to Politics research.
  • To critically assess the claims made for a new ‘science of body language’.
  • To consider other claims which consider the origins of body language ...
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