Research Design in Political Science

How to Practice What They Preach

  • Thomas Gschwend
  • Frank Schimmelfennig

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: Designing Research in Political Science — A Dialogue between Theory and Data

  3. Research Problem

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
  4. Concepts and Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Matthias Lehnert
      Pages 62-79
  5. Measurement

  6. Case Selection

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
  7. Control

  8. Theoretical Conclusions

  9. Back Matter
    Pages 226-243

About this book


When embarking on a new research project students face the same core research design issues. This volume provides readers with practical guidelines for both qualitative and quantitative designs, discusses the typical trade-offs involved in choosing them and is rich in examples from actual research.


empirical social research political science social research

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas Gschwend
    • 1
  • Frank Schimmelfennig
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MannheimGermany
  2. 2.Swiss Federal Institute of TechnologyZurichSwitzerland

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