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.

Using Content Analysis

Teaching and learning objectives:

  • To consider alternative definitions of ‘content analysis’.
  • To compare qualitative and quantitative content analysis.
  • To consider the sub-types of content analysis.
  • To learn how to carry out content analysis using latest available software.

Introduction

Content analysis is also called textual analysis and, somewhat pejoratively, text ...

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