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The Essentials of Political Analysis

Sixth Edition
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August 2019 | 432 pages | CQ Press

Equip students with the skills and confidence they need to conduct political analysis and critically assess statistical research. In this Sixth Edition of The Essentials of Political Science, bestselling authors Philip H. Pollock III and Barry C. Edwards builds students’ analytic abilities and develops their statistical reasoning with new data, fresh exercises, and accessible examples.

This brief, accessible guide walks students through the essentials—measuring concepts, formulating and testing hypotheses, describing variables—while using key terms, chapter-opening objectives, over 80 tables and figures, and practical exercises to get them using and applying their new skills.

 
TABLES, FIGURES, AND BOXES
 
PREFACE
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
INTRODUCTION
Facts and Values in Perspective  
The Scientific Approach (Testing Theories with Data)  
What This Book Is About  
Conclusion  
 
1. The Definition and Measurement of Concepts
Learning Objectives  
Conceptual Definitions  
Operational Definitions  
Working with Datasets, Codebooks, and Software  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Exercises  
Notes  
 
2. Measuring and Describing Variables
Learning Objectives  
Essential Factors  
Levels of Measurement  
Describing Variables  
Transforming Variables  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Exercises  
Notes  
 
3. Proposing Explanations, Framing Hypotheses, and Making Comparisons
Learning Objectives  
“All Models are Wrong, but Some are Useful”  
Proposing Explanations  
Framing Hypotheses  
Making Comparisons  
Graphing Relationships and Describing Patterns  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Exercises  
Notes  
 
4. Research Design, Research Ethics, and Evidence of Causation
Learning Objectives  
Establishing Causation  
Experimental Designs  
Selecting Cases for analysis  
Conducting Research Ethically  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Exercises  
Notes  
 
5. Making Controlled Comparisons
Learning Objectives  
The Logic of Controlled Comparisons  
Essential Terms and Concepts  
Effect of Partisanship on Gun Control Vote, Controlling for Gender: An Illustrative Example  
Controlled Mean Comparisons  
Identifying Patterns  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Exercises  
Notes  
 
6. Foundations of Statistical Inference
Learning Objectives  
Population Parameters and Sample Statistics  
The Central Limit Theorem and the Normal Distribution  
Quantifying Standard Errors  
Confidence Intervals  
Sample Size and the Margin of Error of a Poll  
Inferences with Small Batches: The Student’s t-Distribution  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Exercises  
Notes  
 
7. Tests of Significance and Measures of Association
Learning Objectives  
Statistical Significance and Null Hypothesis Testing  
One Sample Significance Tests  
Two Sample Significance Tests  
The Chi-Squared Test  
Measures of Association  
Criticisms of Null Hypothesis Testing  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Exercises  
Notes  
 
8. Correlation and Linear Regression
Learning Objectives  
Correlation  
Bivariate Regression  
R-Square  
Multiple Regression  
Regression with Multiple Dummy Variables  
Interaction Effects in Multiple Regression  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Exercises  
Notes  
 
9. Logistic regression
Learning Objectives  
The Logistic Regression Approach  
Logistic Regression Approach to Vote Choice in the 2016 Presidential Election  
Finding the Best Fit: Maximum Likelihood Estimation  
Logistic Regression with Multiple Independent Variables  
Graphing Predicted Probabilities with Multiple Independent Variables  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Exercises  
Notes  
 
10. Conducting Your Own Political Analysis
Picking a Good Topic  
Planning (Enough to Not Get Lost in the Library)  
Reviewing Prior Literature  
Collecting Data  
Writing It Up  
Exercises  
 
INDEX

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