Political Analysis for the Rest of Us: An Accessible Take on the Science of Political Science

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University of Kentucky | Third Edition

Clayton Thyne

Item Number: V322632 Availability: In stock ISBN: 978-1-64565-098-0
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Political Analysis for the Rest of Us: An Accessible Take on the Science of Political Science

Employing a style that is accessible to all undergraduate students, Political Analysis for the Rest of Us introduces students to the “science” part of political science. Should taxes be cut to help the middle class? Are students best off voting for Democrats or Republicans? How do ethnic differences influence global protests? Why do wars begin and how do they end? Rather than going with our instincts or following the loudest leader, students will learn that political scientists have tools and techniques to answer these and all sorts of other interesting questions about politics.

The text is lighthearted and fun to engage students who are scared of math, but also covers essential topics like survey design, statistical significance, creating effective figures, the concept of control, and how to read a professional table. With embedded videos (QR codes) and plenty of material for guided practice, the book provides students with the tools needed to assure success for all learning modalities.

The author recognizes the large start-up costs that come with new courses and materials. Thus, adoption comes with instructor materials that are seamlessly integrated into LMS platforms like Canvas. These materials include powerpoint slides, quizzes and exams, lecture notes, and pre-recorded lectures to support either in-class or online adoption.

 

Clayton Thyne is a Professor in the Political Science department at the University of Kentucky. He currently serves as the Department Chair, having previously held positions as Director of Graduate Studies and as the co-founder and Director of the Peace Studies certificate program. His research currently focuses on domestic conflict/instability, coups d’état, regime types and democratization, and international education.

SECTION 1 : THE FRONT END
CHAPTER 1 – The Science of Political Science
CHAPTER 2 – Political Science and the Scientific Process

SECTION 2 : MEASUREMENT
CHAPTER 3 – Measurement
CHAPTER 4 – Operationalizing Concepts

SECTION 3 : DESCRIBING DATA
CHAPTER 5 – Describing Your Data
CHAPTER 6 – Describing Data Visually

SECTION 4 : TESTING RELATIONSHIPS
CHAPTER 7 – The Basics of Hypothesis Testing
CHAPTER 8 – Finding Differences in Two Means or Proportions
CHAPTER 9 – Nominal-Level Relationships
CHAPTER 10 – Ordinal- and Continuous-Level Relationships

SECTION 5 : CONTROL AND PUBLISHED WORK
CHAPTER 11 – The Logic and Practice of Control
CHAPTER 12 – Reading Published Work

APPENDIX A

INDEX