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Module Reading List

Approaches to Analysis, 2017/18, Semester 2
Dr Emma-Louise Anderson
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

General Reading

Colin Hay,  Political Analysis: A Critical Introduction , (London: Palgrave, 2002), contains particularly helpful chapters on the the first module topic

David Marsh and Gerry Stoker, Theory and methods in political science  (London: Palgrave, 2010) - useful for several topics. Please note, earlier editions of this book (1995 and 2002) are also available in the library and also useful for the module.

Spray, Sharon and Laura Roselle (2012) Research and Writing in International RelationsLongman - useful in providing applied examples in international relations. 

Savigny, H. and Marsden, L. (2011) Doing political science and international relations : theories in action  (London: Palgave) - particularly useful in providing applied examples of research approaches 

Desai, V and Potter R. (2006) Doing development research , (London: Sage) - a useful book for studying the use of methods in researching development issues

P. Burnham (et al) Research methods in politics  (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2008, 2004) - particularly useful for the final weeks of the module.

Matthews, B. and Ross, L. (2010) Research methods : a practical guide for the social sciences , Harlow: Pearson.

May, T. (2011) Social Research: Issues, Methods and Process , Maidenhead: Open University Press. 

M. Hammond and J. Wellington (2013)  Research methods : the key concepts , London: Routledge 


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WEEK 1: Research Design and Literature Review 

Suggested reading for lecture

Heinrich, Tobias, Yoshiharu Kobayashi, and Leah Long (Forthcoming) Voters Get What They Want (When They Pay Attention): Human Rights, Policy Benefits, and Foreign Aid. International Studies Quarterly  

Suggested readings on Literature Review

Barrientos, S. (2007) ‘Interrogating information through a literature study’ in Thomas, A ., and G. Mohan (eds.) (2007) Research skills for policy and development : how to find out fast

Spray, Sharon and Laura Roselle (2012) Research and Writing in International Relations. Longman. Chapter 2

Suggested readings on Positivism OR Interpretivism  

Savigny H. and Marsden, l. (2011) ‘Themes and Issues in Political Science and International Relations’, in Savigny H. and Marsden, l. (2011) Doing political science and international relations : theories in action , Basingstoke: MacMillan, pp. 21-42  

Halperin, S. and Heath, O. (2012) ‘Forms of Knowledge: Laws, Explanation, and Interpretation in the Study of the Social World’ in Halperin, S. and Heath, O. (2012) Political research : methods and practical skills , Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 25-50  

Marsh, D. and Furlong, P. (2010) 'A Skin Not a Sweater: Ontology and Epistemology in Political Science', David Marsh and Gerry Stoker, Theory and methods in political science  (London: Palgrave, 2010), chapter nine 

Suggested readings on positivism

G. King, R. Keohane, S. Verba Designing Social Enquiry , (Princetown: Princetown University Press, 1994)

Delanty, G. (1997) ‘Postivism, Science and the Politics of Knowledge’ in Delanty, G. (1997) Social science : beyond constructivism and realism , Buckingham: Open University Press, pp. 11-38  

D. Kavanagh, Political science and political behaviour , (London: Unwin, 2003) especially Chapters 1 and 10 (Key chapter available in high demand)

D. Sanders., ‘Behaviouralism’ in David Marsh and Gerry Stoker, Theory and methods in political science  (London: Palgrave, 2010)

C. Hay ‘What’s Scientific about Political Science? ’ in C. Hay Political analysis  (London: Palgrave 2002)

Matthews, B. and Ross, L. (2010) Research methods : a practical guide for the social sciences , Chapter C8

Harrison, L., Callan, T (2013) Key research concepts in politics & international relations , London: Sage, see entries on ‘Behaviouralism’ and ‘Positivism’

David Easton, ‘The Future of the Post-Behavioural Phase in Political Science’, K.R. Monroe (ed) Contemporary empirical political theory, (Berkley: University of California Press, 1997), the first view pages provide a good summary of behaviouralism and criticism of it.

Robert Dahl (1961), ‘The Behavioural Approach in Political Science’, The American political science review. ., Vol. 55 (4), 763-772) (also available on-line at http://www.jstor.org/pss/1952525  ), a good outline of traditional behaviouralism

C. Bay ‘Politics and Pseudo-politics’ (available in high demand) in C. McCoy (ed), Apolitical politics : a critique of behavioralism (Crowell: New York, 1971)

H. Eulau, The behavioural persuasion in politics  (Random House: New York, 1964)

R. Johns 'Behaviouralism' in The Oxford handbook of British politics  (Oxford: Oxford University Press)

S.T. Akindele and A. Adebo (2005) ‘A Revisitational Assessment of the Rise of Behavioral Approach’, Journal of social sciences , 10 (1), 61-64, a useful account of historical reasons for the development of behaviouralism. - Available online: http://www.krepublishers.com/02-Journals/JSS/JSS-10-0-000-000-2005-Web/JSS-10-1-001-076-2005-Abst-PDF/JSS-10-1-061-064-2005-057-Akindele-S-T/JSS-10-1-061-064-2005-057-Akindele-S-T.pdf

Suggested readings on interpretivist

Parsons, C. (2010) ‘Constructivism and Interpretivist Theory’, in Marsh, D and Stoker, G. (2010) Theory and Methods in Political Science, Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp.80-98

Parsons, C. (2007) ‘Ideational Explanation’ in Parsons, C. (2007) How to map arguments in political science , Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 49-65

Delanty, G. (1997) ‘Hermeneutics and Interpretation: The Search For Meaning’ in Delanty, G. (1997) Social science : beyond constructivism and realism , Buckingham: Open University Press,pp.39-58

Moses, J. and Knutsen, T. (2007) ‘A Constructivist Philosophy of Science’ in Moses, J. and Knutsen, T. (2007) Ways of knowing : competing methodologies and methods in social and political research , Basingstoke Palgrave

Bevir, M and Rhodes, R. (2003) Interpreting British governance , London: Routledge, especially Part 1, pp.14-33

Bevir, M. and Rhodes, R. (2002) ‘Interpretive Theory’ In Marsh, D. and Stoker, G.(2002) Theory and Methods in Political Science , Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp.131-152  

Jackson R. and Sorenson, G. (2007) ‘Social Constructivism’, in Jackson R. and Sorenson, G. (2007) Introduction to International Relations: Theories and Approaches , Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 161-177

Beland, D and Henry Cox, R. (ed.) (2011) Ideas and politics in social science research [electronic resource] , Oxford: Oxford University Press 

Long, N. (2001) Development sociology : actor perspectives  (Abingdon: Routledge

Alexander Wendt, ‘Anarchy is What States Make of It’, International organization. , Vol. 46, No. 2 (Spring, 1992), pp. 391-425.

Barnett, M., Social Constructivism, in The Globalization of World Politics  , pp 251-270 . Oxford. (2005),

Burchill S., Linklater A. (2013) ‘Constructivism’ in,Burchill, S. and Linklater, D.(eds), Theories of International Relations , 57-87.

Weber, C. (2010) ‘Constructivism: is anarchy what states make of it? ’ in Weber, C. (2010) International Relations Theory: A Critical Introduction , Routledge: New York, pp. 61-82

McAnulla, S. (2007) “New Labour, Old Epistemology? Reflections on Political Science, New Institutionalism and The Blair Government”, Parliamentary affairs. . 60.2: 313-331.

Hay, C. (2004) ‘Taking Ideas Seriously in Explanatory Political Analysis’, British journal of politics & international relations., 6, 2004.

Gofas, A. and Hay, C. (ed) (2010) The role of ideas in political analysis : a portrait of contemporary debates , London: Routledge, see especially chapter 2


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WEEK 2: Quantitative Analysis and Survey Methods

Suggested reading for lecture:

Kobayashi, Yoshiharu, and Jee-Kwang Park (2017) ‘Re-evaluating the Utility of Economic Sanctions as a Foreign Policy Tool: Lessons from the Recent Ukrainian Crisis’ (Draft Paper) on VLE

Key readings for the seminar (literature review):

Meth, P. and Williams, G. (2006) ‘Literature Reviews and Bibliographic Searches’ in Desai, V. and Potter, D. (eds.) Doing development research, London: Sage Publications  

Suggested readings on statistical analysis and survey methods 

Burnham, P. (et al) Research Methods in Politics  (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2008) Chapter ‘Surveys and Opinion Polls’ 

Bryman, A. (2012),  Social Research Methods,  Oxford: Oxford University Press, chapter 10

Aleman, J. & D. Woods (2015), Value Orientations From the World Value Survey. How Comparable are They Cross-Nationally? Comparative political studies. , 49(8), 1039-1067. 

Kellstedt, Paul & Guy Whitten (2013) The Fundamentals of Political Science Research.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Mitchell, Sara & John Vasquez (2013) Conflict, War, and Peace: An Introduction to Scientific Research. CQ Press.

Balnaves, M. (2001), Introduction to quantitative research methods: an investigative approach. London: SAGE. 

Bradburn, N.M. (2004), Asking Questions: the definitive guide to questionnaire design, for market research, political polls, and social and health questionnaires. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 

Brady, H.E. (2000), Contributions of Survey Research to Political Science, Political Science and Politics, 33(1), 47-57. 

Burnham, P. (et al) (2008),  Research Methods in Politics , Basingstoke: Palgrave, chapter ‘Surveys and Opinion Polls’

Doyle, M.W. & N. Sambanis (2000), International Peacebuilding: A Theoretical and Quantitative Analysis, The American political science review. , 94(4), 779-801. 

Elbahnasawy, N.G. & Revier, C.F. (2012), The Determinants of Corruption: Cross-Country-Panel-Data Analysis. Developing Economies , 50(4), 311-333. 

Gorard, S. (2003), Quantitative Methods in Social Science. New York, London: Continuum. 

Lopatta, L (2016), Do microfinance institutions fulfil their promise? Evidence from cross-country data. Applied economics. , 48(18), 1655. 

Marchant-Shapiro, T. (2015), Statistics for political analysis : understanding the numbers. London: SAGE, chapter 1 and chapter 2 

Punch, K. (2003), Survey research: the basics. London: SAGE. 

Singh, K. (2007), Quantitative Social Research Methods, London: SAGE. 

Tessler, M.A. (2011), Public opinion in the Middle East: survey research and the political orientations of ordinary citizens. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Knack, S (2004.) Does Foreign Aid Promote Democracy?” International Studies Quarterly. 48(1):251-266.

Alesina A. & Dollar D (2000) Who Gives Foreign Aid to Whom and Why? Journal of Economic Growth. 5:33-63.

Johnson J. & Leeds B.A. (2011) Defense Pacts: A Prescription for Peace? Foreign Policy Analysis 7(1):45–65.


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WEEK 3: Large-N Datasets

Suggested reading for lecture

Morgan, T. Clifton, Navin Bapat, and Yoshiharu Kobayashi (2014) Threat and Imposition of Economic Sanctions: Updating TIES 1945–2005. Conflict Management and Peace Science. 31(5):541-558.  

Key readings for the seminar (survey methods)

May, Tim, Social Research: Issues, Methods, and Process (4th edition) Open University Press, Chapter 5 'Social Surveys'  

Pierce, Roger. Research Methods in Politics: A Practical Guide (London: Sage, 2008) Chapter 'Questionnaire Surveys’  

Suggested readings on large-N datasets 

Themner, Lotta, and Peter Wallensteen (2014) Armed Conflicts, 1946-2013. Journal of Peace Research 51(4): 541-54.

Tierney, Michael J., Daniel L. Nielson, Darren G. Hawkins, J. Timmons Roberts, Michael G. Findley, Ryan M. Powers, Bradley Parks, Sven E. Wilson, and Robert L. Hicks (2011) More Dollars than Sense: Refining Our Knowledge of Development Finance Using AidData. World Development 39 (11): 1891-1906.

Leeds, Brett Ashley, Jeffrey M. Ritter, Sara McLaughlin Mitchell, and Andrew G. Long (2002) Alliance Treaty Obligations and Provisions, 1815-1944. International Interactions 28: 237-260.

Palmer, Glenn, Vito D'Orazio, Michael Kenwick, and Matthew Lane. The MID4 Dataset, 2002-2010: Procedures, Coding Rules and Description. Conflict Management and Peace Science. 

DeRouen, Karl, Jacob Bercovitch, and Paulina Pospieszna (2011) Introducing the Civil Wars Mediation (CWM) dataset Journal of Peace Research 48(5): 663-672.

Strange, Austin M., Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Bradley Parks, and Michael J. Tierney (2017) Tracking Underreported Financial Flows: China’s Development Finance and the Aid–Conflict Nexus Revisited. Journal of Conflict Resolution 61 (5): 935-963. 

Goemans, Hein, Kristian Gleditsch, and Giacomo Chiozza, Introducing Archigos: A Dataset of Political Leaders Journal of Peace Research 46 (2), 269-283

Hyde, Susan and Nikolay Marinov (2012) Which Elections Can Be Lost? Political Analysis 20(2): 191-210.

Powell, Jonathan, and Clayton Thyne (2011) Global Instances of Coups from 1950 to 2010: A New Dataset Journal of Peace Research 48(2): 249-259.

Lijphart, Arend (1999) Comparing Democracies New Haven, CT: Yale University Press 1999

Daniel Posner (2004) Measuring ethnic fractionalization in Africa. American Journal of Political Science 48(4): 849‐863.

Links to some large-N datasets

POLITY IV Project (http://www.systemicpeace.org/polity/polity4.htm) - dataset on political systems/regime types

Freedom House (https://freedomhouse.org/report-types/freedom-world#.U3vYnl6zs2w) - reports/data on countries' levels of freedom

CIRI Human Rights Project (http://www.humanrightsdata.com) - dataset on government respect for human rights 

Eurobarometer (http://ec.europa.eu/echo/eurobarometer_en) - survey data on public opinion in EU countries 

World Value Surveys (http://www.worldvaluessurvey.org/wvs.jsp) - survey data on the beliefs and values of people across many countries  

Correlates of War (COW) project (http://www.correlatesofwar.org/) - publish many datasets regarding internstate/intrastate wars, trade, alliances, and many more  

AidData Project (http://aiddata.org/) - publish many datasets on foreign aid 

Pippa Norris's website (https://sites.hks.harvard.edu/fs/pnorris/Data/Data.htm) - publish many datasets on elections, political regimes, and many more 

Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (https://www.transparency.org/) - reports/data on corruption 


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WEEK 4: Content Analysis - Graeme Davies

Suggested readings for lecture:

Davies, Graeme AM, Schulzke, M and Almond, T (2016). Insulating the President from Blame: Drone Strikes, Media Assessments and Heterogeneous Responsibility 2002-2014. (Draft Paper) on VLE

Davies, G. A. (2008). Inside out or outside in: Domestic and international factors affecting Iranian foreign policy towards the United States 1990–2004. Foreign Policy Analysis, 4(3), 209-225.  

Semetko, H. and Valkenburg, P. (2000), Framing European politics: a content analysis of press and television news. Journal of Communication, 50: 93–109.  

Key readings for the seminar (lagen-N datasets):

Morgan, T. Clifton, Navin Bapat, and Yoshiharu Kobayashi (2014) Threat and Imposition of Economic Sanctions: Updating TIES 1945–2005. Conflict Management and Peace Science. 31(5):541-558  

Morgan, T. Clifton, Navin Bapat, and Yoshiharu Kobayashi (2013) Threat and Imposition of Sanctions (TIES) Data 4.0 Users’ Manual Case Level Data, available at http://www.unc.edu/~bapat/tiesusersmanualv4.pdf  

Suggested readings on content analysis:

Bryman, Alan (2012). Social Research Methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press, Chapter 13.

Krippendorff, K. Content Analysis: An Introduction to Its Methodology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

Hayes, Danny, and Matt Guardino. (2010) Whose Views Made the News? Media Coverage and the March to War in Iraq, Political Communication 27(1): 59-87.

Slapin, Jonathan and Sven-Oliver Proksch (2014) Words as Data: Content Analysis in Legislative Studies, in S. Martin, T. Saalfeld, and K. Strom (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Legislative Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Laver, Michael, Kenneth Benoit, and John Garry (2003) Extracting Policy Positions from Political Texts Using Words as Data, American Political Science Review 97(2, May): 311-331.

Semetko, H. and Valkenburg, P. (2000) Framing European politics: a content analysis of press and television news. Journal of Communication, 50: 93–109. 

Grimmer, Justin and Brandon M. Stewart. Text as data: The promise and pitfalls of automatic content analysis methods for political texts. Political Analysis, 21:267–297,


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WEEK 5: No Lecture 

Key readings for the seminar (content analysis): 

Davies, Graeme AM, Schulzke, M and Almond, T (2016). Insulating the President from Blame: Drone Strikes, Media Assessments and Heterogeneous Responsibility 2002-2014. (Draft Paper) on VLE

Responsibility Attributions for Drone Strikes (RADS) Codebook 2015. on VLE. 


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WEEK 6: Experimental Methods 

Suggested reading for lecture: 

Heinrich, Tobias, and Yoshiharu Kobayashi (Forthcoming) How do People Evaluate Foreign Aid to ‘Nasty’ Regimes? British Journal of Political Science  

Key reading for the seminar (research proposal): 

'Research Proposal Guideline' in the VLE 'Assessment' folder 

Suggested readings on experimental methods: 

Vivian Lowndes, David Marsh, and Gerry Stoker, Theory and Methods in Political Science,. Chapter ‘The Experimental Method’ 

John, Peter, and Brannan, Tessa (2008) How Different Are Telephoning and Canvassing? Results from a ‘Get Out the Vote’ Field Experiment in the British 2005 General Election. British Journal of Political Science,38(3): 565-574.

Wantchekon, Lonard (2003) Clientelism and Voting Behavior: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Benin. World Politics, 55(3): 399-422.

Gerber, Alan and Green, Donald (2000) The Effects of Canvassing, Telephone Calls, and Direct Mail on Voter Turnout: A Field Experiment. American Political Science Review, 94(3): 653-663.

Hyde, Susan D (2015) Experiments in international relations: Lab, survey, and field. Annual Review of Political Science, 18:403–424           

Morton, Rebecca, and Kenneth C Williams (2010) Experimental political science and the study of causality: From nature to the lab. Cambridge University Press. Chapter 2.

Tingley, Dustin (2014) Survey research in international political economy: motivations, designs, methods. International Interactions, 40(3): 443–451

Hainmueller, Jens and Daniel J Hopkins (2014) The hidden american immigration consensus: A conjoint analysis of attitudes toward immigrants. American Journal of Political Science

Baker, Andy (2015) Race, paternalism, and foreign aid: Evidence from us public opinion. American Political Science Review, 109(1): 93–109

Dietrich, Simone, and Matthew S Winters (2015) Foreign aid and government legitimacy. Journal of Experimental Political Science, 2(2): 164-171

Wallace, Geoffrey PR. (2013) International law and public attitudes toward torture: An experimental study. International Organization, 67(1):105–140

Chaudoin, Stephen (2014) Promises or policies? an experimental analysis of international agreements and audience reactions. International Organization, 68(1):235–256 

Findley, Michael G, Daniel L Nielson, and JC Sharman (2015) Causes of noncompliance with international law: A field experiment on anonymous incorporation. American Journal of Political Science, 59(1): 146–161

Hyde, Susan (2010) Experimenting in democracy promotion: international observers and the 2004 presidential elections in indonesia. Perspectives on Politics, 8(2):511–527

Bush, Sarah Sunn and Amaney A Jamal (2015) Anti-americanism, authoritarian politics, and attitudes about women’s representation: Evidence from a survey experiment in Jordan. International Studies Quarterly, 59(1):34–45

Tingley, Dustin, and Michael Tomz (2014) Conditional cooperation and climate change. Comparative Political Studies 47(3):344-368

Heinrich, Tobias, Yoshiharu Kobayashi, and Timothy Peterson (2017) Sanction Consequences and Citizen Support: A Survey Experiment. International Studies Quarterly. 61(1): 98-106.

Bechtel, Michael M, and Kenneth F Scheve. (2013) Mass support for global climate agreements depends on institutional design. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(34):13763– 13768.

Bausch, Andrew W, Joao R Faria, and Thomas Zeitzoff (2013) Warnings, terrorist threats and resilience: A laboratory experiment. Conflict Management and Peace Science, 30(5): 433–451

Huddy, Leonie, Stanley Feldman, Charles Taber, and Gallya Lahav (2005) Threat, anxiety, and support of antiterrorism policies. American Journal of Political Science, 49(3): 593–608


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WEEK 7: Interviews - William Allchorn and Sarah Dorr

Suggested reading for lecture: 

Allchorn, William (Forthcoming) Public Order Management in Bradford ‘post-riots’: The Case of the English Defence League, Journal of Political Criminology  on VLE

Key reading for the seminar (experimental methods): 

Halperin, Sandra, and Oliver Heath, Political Research: Methods and Practical Skills, Chapter 8 ‘Experimental Research’  

Suggested readings on qualitative approach and interviews: 

King, N. and Horrocks, C. (2010) Interviews in qualitative research, Sage: London 

Pierce, R. (2008) Research methods in politics : a practical guide (London: Sage) Part Two

Pole, C. and R. Lampard (2002) Practical social investigation : qualitative and quantitative methods in social research. Chapter 6 'Interviewing: listening and talking' pp. 89-125. 

Anderson, Emma-Louise and Amy Patterson (2016) Dependent agency in the global health regime : local African responses to donor aids efforts, Palgrave MacMillan, Basingstoke – Chapter 1 (section on ‘African Agency’) (Avaliable in VLE folder)  

Anderson, E.L. and Patterson A. (2017) ‘Instrumentalizing AIDS Empowerment Discourses in Malawi and Zambia: An Actor-Oriented View of Donor Politics’, International Affairs, 93(5): 1185-1204

Halperin, S. and O. Heath (2012) Political research : methods and practical skills , Oxford: Oxford University Press, chapter eleven

A. Vromnen (2010) 'Rediscovering Qualitative Methods', David Marsh and Gerry Stoker, Theory and methods in political science  (London: Palgrave)

B. Matthews and L. Ross (2010) Research methods : a practical guide for the social sciences , (London: Longman) see especially Ch. B4 'Choosing Methods; Ch. C4 'Semi-Structured Interviews';

F. Devine (2002) ‘Qualitative Methods’ David Marsh and Gerry Stoker, Theory and methods in political science  (London: Palgrave), Chapter 7

R. Pierce (2008) Research methods in politics : a practical guide  (London: Sage), see Part Two

P. Burnham et al (2004) ‘Elite Interviewing’ in P. Burnham (et al) Research methods in politics  (Basingstoke: Palgrave)

P. Burnham et al (2004) ‘Participant Observation and the Analysis of Communications’ in P. Burnham et al Research methods in politics (Basingstoke: Palgrave)

R.B.Burns, Introduction to research methods , Ch.24 (London: Sage, 2000 4th Edn.)

M..Stroh, Qualitative Interviewing, in Burton, D. (ed) Research training for social scientists : a handbook for postgraduate researchers (London: Sage, 2000)

Seale, C. (2012) Researching society and culture , London, SAGE, chapter 14

May, T. (2011) Social Research: Issues, Methods and Process , Maidenhead: Open University Press, chapter 6

David, M., & Sutton, C. D. (2010). Social research : an introduction  (2nd ed.). London: SAGE, chapter 6

Matthews, B. and Ross, L. (2010) Research methods : a practical guide for the social sciences  Harlow: Pearson, chapter C4

Walter, M. (2010) Social research methods  (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, chapter 10

R.K. Schutt, Investigating the social world : the process and practice of research , (California: Sage, 2006, 5th Edn.)

J. Mason, Qualitative researching , (London: Sage, 2002, 2nd Edn.)

R.A. Jones, Research methods in the social and behavioral sciences  (Sundeland: Sinauer Associates, 1996, 2nd Edn.)

Rubin, H. and Gubrium, The active interview  (London: Sage, 1995)

S. Kvale, Interviews : an introduction to qualitative research interviewing  (London: Sage1996)

A. Bryman, Social research methods  (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008)

A. Bryman, Quantity and quality in social research  (London: Unwin Hyman, 1988)

J. Manheim and R. Rich, Empirical political analysis : research methods in political science  (New York: Longman, 2001, 5th edn.)

David Collier and James Mahoney (1996) ‘Insights and Pitfalls: Selection Bias in Qualitative Research’, World politics. , 49 (1)

Fylan, F. (2005) ‘Semi-Structured Interviewing.’ In: Miles, J. and Gilbert, P. (eds.) A Handbook of Research Methods for Clinical and Health Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Lilleker, D.G. (2003) Interviewing the Political Elite: A Potential Minefield. Politics. 3: 207-214.   Morris, Z.S. (2009) The Truth about Interviewing Elites. Politics. 29(3): 209-217.

Richards, D. (1999) Elite Interviewing: Approaches and Pitfalls. Politics 16(3): 199-204.

Heathershaw, John (2009) Rethinking the International Diffusion of Coloured Revolutions: The Poser of representation in Kyrgyzstan. Journal of COmmuist Studies and Transition Politics 25(2): 293-323.   


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WEEK 8: Comparative Methods 

Suggested reading for lecture: 

Fleckenstein, T. and Lee, S.C. (2017) ‘The Politics of Labor Market Reform in Coordinated Welfare Capitalism: Comparing Sweden, Germany, and South Korea’, World Politics. 69 (1):144-183.   

Key readings for the seminar (interviews):  

Matthews, B. and Ross, L. (2010) Research methods : a practical guide for the social sciences , (London: Longman) Chapter B4 'Choosing Methods and Chatper C4 'Semi-Structured Interviews'   

Suggested readings on comparative methods: 

Keman, H. (2014) 'Comparative Research Methods’ in Caramani, D. (ed.) Comparative Politics (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press

Fleckenstein, T. and Lee, S.C. (forthcoming) ‘The Politics of Investing in Families: Comparing Family Policy Expansion in Japan and South Korea’, Social politics.

Meckstroth, Theodore (1975) 'Most Different Systems' and 'Most Similar Systems:' A Study in the Logic of Comparative Inquiry, Comparative Political Studies :133-177.

Geddes, Barbara. (1990) How the Cases You Choose Affect the Answers You Get: Selection Bias in Comparative Politics. Political Analysis 2: 131-150.

Collier, David 'The Comparative Method' in Ada Finifter (ed.) Political Science: the State of the Discipline II (Washington, D.C.: American Political Science Association, 1993)

Haesebrouck, Tim (2017) EU Member State Participation in Military Operations: A Configurational Comparative Analysis. Cambridge Review of International Affairs. DOI: 10.1080/09557571.2017.1313197.

Herbert P. Kitschelt (1986) Political Opportunity Structures and Political Protest: Anti-Nuclear Movements in Four Democracies British Journal of Political Science 16(1): 57-85

Skocpol, Theda (1979) States and Social Revolution: A Comparative Study of France, Russia, and China. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 

Berg-Schlosser, D., and De Meur, G. (1994). Conditions of democracy in interwar Europe: A Boolean test of major hypotheses. Comparative Politics 3: 253–279.

De Meur, G., and Berg-Schlosser, D. (1994). Comparing political systems: Establishing similarities and dissimilarities. European Journal of Political Research, 26, 193–219

Anckar, C. (2004). Determinants of the death penalty: A comparative study of the world. London: Routledge.

Anckar, C (2008) On the Applicability of the Most Similar Systems Design and the Most Different Systems Design in Comparative Research, International Journal of Social Research Methodology

Landman, T. (2004) Measuring Human Rights: Principle, Practice, and Policy. Human Rights Quarterly, 26(4): 906-931.


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WEEK 9: Discourse Analysis - Jack Holland

Suggested readings for lecture:

Holland, J. (2013) Selling the War on Terror : foreign policy discourses after 9/11, Routledge  

Holland, J. (2013) Foreign Policy and Political Possibility, European journal of international relations.19(1): 48-67  

Holland, J. (2012) Blair’s ‘War on Terror’: Selling Intervention to Middle England, British journal of politics & international relations.14(1):74-95  

Holland, J. and Gillard, L. (2014) ‘Leadership and the Media: The Gendered Framing of the Sexism and Misogyny Speech’, with Katharine Wright, Australian journal of political science., 49(3): 455-468   

Key readings for the seminar (comparative methods): 

Newton, K. and Van Deth, J. (2010) ‘Postscript: How and What to Compare? ’ in Foundations of comparative politics : democracies of the modern world. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  

Keman, H. (2014) ‘Comparative Research Methods’ in Caramani, D. (ed.) Comparative politics  (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.   

Suggested readings on discourse analysis: 

Holland, J. ‘We (For)got Him: bin Laden’s Death and Narrative Forgetting’, with Lee Jarvis, Millennium., 42:1 (2014) pp.425-447

Holland, J. ‘From September 11th 2001 to 9-11: From Void to Crisis’, International Political Sociology, 3:3 (2009) pp.275-29

N. Fairclough New Labour, new language? (London: Routledge, 2000), interesting examination of New Labour’s use of discourse

Howarth, David, Norval, Aletta and Yannis Stavrakakis (eds) Discourse theory and political analysis : identities, hegemonies and social change  (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000)

Laclau, Ernesto, ‘Discourse’ in Goodin, Robert A., & Philip, Pettit (eds) A companion to contemporary political philosophy , (Oxford: Blackwell, 1995): 431-437.

Townshend, Jules, ‘Laclau’s and Mouffe’s Hegemonic Project: The Story so Far’, Political studies , 52, 2004, pp. 269-288

E. Laclau and C. Mouffe (1997), ‘Post-Marxism without Apologies’, New left review. 166, pp.79-106

G.O. Edwards (2012) ‘A Comparative Discourse Analysis of the Construction of ‘in-groups’ in the 2005 and 2010 manifestos of the British National Party’, Discourse & society. , May, 23, 245-259

P.L. Dumire (2012) Political Discourse Analysis: Exploring the Language of Politics and the Politics of Language, Language and linguistics compass  6, 11, 735-751

P. Graham, T. Keenan, A. Dowd (2004) 'A Call to Arms at the end of History: A Discourse-historical analysis of George W. Bush' declaration of War on Terrorism', Discourse & society. 15 (2); 199-221

D. Ponton (2010) 'The Female Political Leader: A Study of gender-identity in the case of Margaret Thatcher', Journal of language and politics. ., 9, 2, 195-218

K. Horner and JJ. Weber (2011) 'Not Playing the Game: Shifting Patterns in the discourse of Migration', Journal of language and politics. ., 10, 2, 139-159

A. Hunt and T. Purvis, (1993) ‘Discourse, Ideology, Discourse, Ideology, Discourse, Ideology, Discourse, Ideology..’ The British journal of sociology. 44(3): 473-99

Glyn Daly ‘Marxism and Postmodernity’ in A. Gamble, D. Marsh and T.Tant Marxism and social science , London: MacMillan, 1999), Chapter Four

J. Townshend (2003) Discourse Theory and Political Analysis: A New Paradigm from the Essex School? British journal of politics & international relations. 15(1):129-142, a good book review which both explains and critiques recent work (available electronically)

Stuart McAnulla 'Fade To Grey? Symbolic Politics in the Post Thatcher Era’ in J. Stayner and G Stoker (eds) Contemporary political studies. (PSA, 1997), uses concepts from discourse approaches to analyse the Major Government

Blackledge, A. (2006) ‘The Racialization of Language in British Political Discourse’, Critical discourse studies , 3 (1), 61-79

B. Fenton-Smith (2008) Discourse Structure and Political Perfomance in Adversarial Parliamentary Questioning, Journal of language and politics. 7(1): 97-118


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WEEK 10: Research Proposal and Having an Impact 

Suggested reading for lecture: 

Government of Malawi (2015) ‘National Gender and HIV Policy’ (2015-2020) 

Key readings for the seminar (discourse analysis):

Howarth, David ‘Discourse Theory’, Theory and methods in political science , (London: MacMillan, 1995), First Edition)   

Howarth, David, ‘Discourse Theory and Political Analysis’ in Scarborough and Tanenbaum, eds (1998), Research strategies in the social sciences : a guide to new approaches , Chapter 12. pp 268-294  


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