How do we understand the nature of the world we study? How do we know who is right? How do we know? In a time where objectivity and clarity can feel scarce, it is essential that
Written in an elegant yet lively manner, the third edition of this is an innovative and elegantly-written textbook on methodology in social and political science book introduces a range of key issues – from the nature of knowledge to the strengths and weaknesses of the main research methods employed in social and political research – showing how methodological pluralism can be combined with intellectual rigour.
The new edition incorporates discussion of a number of contemporary research examples including random controlled trials, field experiments, big data and within-case and process tracing studies.
The book has been designed for readers studying political science and other social science at university level.