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.


This chapter begins, like the others that follow, with a clear statement of the teaching and learning objectives (or purpose). They are shown below:

Teaching and learning objectives:

  • To answer the question: What is research?
  • To identify key features of research specific to Politics.
  • To set out the structure and contents of the textbook.

What is research?

Research is essentially a process of systematic ...

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