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Political Analysis
A Guide to Data and Statistics

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April 2023 | 456 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
An intuitive and entertaining guide to the most common and contemporary statistical methods used by political scientists, civil servants, and policy researchers around the world. Political Analysis covers research designs and the statistical method, to descriptive and inferential statistics up to multiple regressions. This broad and comprehensive text is ideal for all undergraduate and postgraduate students studying political statistics or for any student using statistics in their independent research project.  

Accessible, intuitive, and entertaining, Political Analysis is an essential introduction to statistics. From news reporting on elections or unfolding political crises to everyday advertising, you are confronted with statistics. And in the working world, statistical literacy helps when putting together a policy paper, white paper, or report. An understanding of statistics immunises us from bad arguments, questionable correlations, and poor inferences whether found in news reports, social media, or used by political scientists, civil servants, and policy researchers. 

Why let other people explain the world to you? Understanding the logic and intuition behind common statistical techniques allows you to better understand the world. Statistics are tools to make predictions, find patterns, and understand politics. This text will help you understand the various types of data and questions used in statistical research. You will gain an ability to independently select the most appropriate statistical techniques and correctly interpret the results. 

Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the logic and intuition of the most common statistical techniques found in the social sciences, a clear understanding of the applicability of statistics to various types of data and questions, and the ability to independently select the most appropriate statistical techniques and correctly interpret the results.   

 
The Scientific Method And Statistics
 
Theory And Hypotheses
 
Data And Variables
 
Research Design
 
Statistics And The Scientific Study Of Politics
 
Descriptive Statistics
 
Univariate Descriptive Statistics
 
Measures Of Association I: Nominal- And Ordinal-Level Variables
 
Measures Of Association II: Means Comparison And Correlation
 
Measures Of Association III: (Bivariate) Regression
 
Inferential Statistics
 
An Introduction To Inference
 
Inference For Nominal- & Ordinal-level Variables
 
The Central Limit Theorem
 
Inference For Interval-Level Variables
 
Multiple Regression
 
Multiple Regression
 
Extensions To Multiple Regression
 
Issues With Multiple Regression
 
Binary Logistic Regression
 
Categorical And Limited Dependent Variables
 
Current Debates
 
Big Alternatives
 
The Ethics Of Data Analysis

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