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Theory and Methods in Political Science (Political Analysis) [Paperback]

David Marsh , Gerry Stoker
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10 Jun 2002 Political Analysis
This edition of this text introduces students in an accessible way to the approaches and methods of political science. The book has been systematically revised throughout with most chapters entirely new to this edition. The second edition features substantial extra coverage of methodological issues, an additional chapter on the philosophical underpinnings of the study of politics and a simplified structure for the presentation of theories and approaches.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2nd Revised edition edition (10 Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333948556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333948552
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 445,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A very useful and accessible text which delivers between two covers an in-depth introduction both to approaches and theories and to methods and research design. Its comprehensive coverage and user friendliness will make this new 3rd edition most attractive for students across a wide range of courses.' - Peter J. Katzenstein, Cornell University, USA
'An excellent introduction to theory and methods in which a distinguished group of scholars present and discuss eight theoretical approaches and seven methods for addressing key questions in Political Science. It will be valuable for both graduate and undergraduate students as well as faculty who want to gain a broad overview of contemporary Political Science and its historical roots.' - Elinor Ostrom, Indiana University, USA
Review of previous edition:
'[A]n excellent overview of modern political science...extremely useful...for introducing students to the complexities of theories and methods.' - Martin J. Smith, British Politics
  --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The leading text for introducing students to the approaches, methods and philosophy of political science. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get out the Highlighter pen! 27 July 2003
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For students of politics at degree level, this book is gold! If, like me, a compulsory module has been forced upon you on political science, this is more than adequate to help you bump up those marks. For essays it's particularly good, as each approach, including Marxism, Feminism, Behaviouralsim, Rational Choice and Normative Theory, (to name a few) is covered by a different contributor. (Great for bulking out your bibliography!) As well as approaches, there are also chapters on quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as wider issues such as Ontology and Epistemology, and the role of structure and agancy in political science. It's quite hard-going at first; the first few chapters are saturated with considerations, however once you get into it the format is very easy to digest covering pros and cons of each approach. All in all, worth buying; it was a compulsory text for my 2nd year module, and will be a good core text for any module on political science.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Methods 11 Nov 2010
This is a very useful textbook for anyone wanting an introduction to the different types of methodology and methods applicable to the political science discipline. However, it is a book that has relevance to researchers interested in theory and methods across a much wider field than just political science.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 5 Jan 2014
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Everything is digestible and very well laid out! I really like the book and all the themes. Lays a great foundation
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5.0 out of 5 stars For many social scientists 3 Dec 2011
I very much like this book. It gives you a terrific overview of the main approaches to political studies. This is relevant to social studies more generally at a post-graduate level. If you need to understand perspectives - buy it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It's ok. 11 Mar 2011
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If you are buying this book it is probably because you have to as it has been assigned as a text book for a course you are taking.

First of all, chapter 9 on epistemology and ontology is extremely poorly written. Too much crammed in to one chapter means they lack explanatory language and you learn very little. Also why is a chapter on ontology and epistemology chapter 9? You'd think it would be at the beginning of the book.

Secondly - the amount of spelling and grammatical errors is embarrassing. It is hard to take a book on political science seriously when all I see are amateur spelling and grammatical inconsistencies. Very poor!

Other than that, ok book. Have read better on this subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Methods and theory a la UK 7 Oct 2013
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This book was written in the mid-90s but is timeless in its presentation of the subject matter from an English perspective. The various authors do not try to bowl us over with overly technical jargon - concepts are explained clearly. This is a great addition to my methodological library!
2.0 out of 5 stars Good 5 April 2013
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It is not what I expect, however is a good book that present a new vision of the subject and it could be useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Service 26 Aug 2011
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The seller shipped this item very fast and it was in perfect condition, just as described. The book itself is informative and provides and excellent overview to political theory.
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