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1 Research Methods in Politics: Chapter 6 1 Research Methods in Politics 6 Critically Evaluating Published Information

2 Research Methods in Politics: Chapter 62 Teaching and Learning Objectives 1. to learn how to critically evaluate published research using research component analysis; and, 2. to apply Roses ABCDE model (1982) for deciphering research

3 Research Methods in Politics: Chapter 63 Research Component Analysis 1. when 2. where 3. who 4. abstract 5. research question and rationale 6. theory and literature review 7. Hypothesis 8. methodology 9. data collection: what, when, how when, how 10 data presentation 11 data analysis, interpretation and discussion 12 conclusions 13 implications 14 style 15 referencing and bibliography.

4 Research Methods in Politics: Chapter 64 Roses ABCDE deciphering model ATheory: an explanatory statement about social phenomena. ATheory: an explanatory statement about social phenomena. BTheoretical Proposition: specific propositions to be BTheoretical Proposition: specific propositions to be investigated in the study. investigated in the study. COperationalisation: decisions made on how to carry out COperationalisation: decisions made on how to carry out empirical work; techniques of data collection; sampling; empirical work; techniques of data collection; sampling; concepts and indicators; variables; units. concepts and indicators; variables; units. DFieldwork: collecting data; practical problems of implementing Stage C decisions. DFieldwork: collecting data; practical problems of implementing Stage C decisions. EResults: data analysis leads to findings; interpretation leads back to C, B, and A

5 Research Methods in Politics: Chapter 65 Three-Stage Framework for Evaluating Research Relationship to other theory and research External validity ………………………………………………………………………………… External validity ………………………………………………………………………………… A Theory: A Theory: Internal theoretical validity Internal theoretical validity B Theoretical Proposition B Theoretical Proposition ………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………… C Operationalisation C Operationalisation Internal empirical validity Internal empirical validity D Fieldwork D Fieldwork E Results E Results

6 Research Methods in Politics: Chapter 66 Roses Strategy for Evaluating Theory- Testing, Quantitative Research 1.summarise the research into ABCDE stages; 2.assess the operationalisation in C: concept-indicators, samples, units and variables; 3.add further descriptive details of: the researchers theoretical exposition and theory-evidence linkages; and, tables of data presented, reliability and accuracy, and interpretation; 4.assess the internal empirical validity by examining the fit between the data and its interpretation; 5.assess the internal theoretical validity, i.e. the relationship between A (theory) and B (hypothesis); and, 6.conclude with a general assessment which consolidates the separate assessments made and makes an assessment of the overall contribution of the research to the discipline. (Rose, 1982: )

7 Research Methods in Politics: Chapter 67 Roses Strategy for Evaluating Theory- Building Research Utilising Qualitative Data summarise the research report into its ABCDE stages stating: its natural history (origins and development); the data and methods of collection; sampling; method of analysis; and, presentation of results; summarise the research report into its ABCDE stages stating: its natural history (origins and development); the data and methods of collection; sampling; method of analysis; and, presentation of results; evaluate in turn the validity of: the concept-indicator links; theory; and, sampling and generalisation; and, evaluate in turn the validity of: the concept-indicator links; theory; and, sampling and generalisation; and, conclude by reviewing the consistency (or otherwise) of the various validities and other factors and assessing of the overall contribution of the new theory to the discipline (Rose, 1982: ) conclude by reviewing the consistency (or otherwise) of the various validities and other factors and assessing of the overall contribution of the new theory to the discipline (Rose, 1982: )

8 Research Methods in Politics: Chapter 68 Questions for Discussion or Assignments 1. Consider the concepts of: conflict; freedom; liberty; hegemony; and, consciousness of identity. What concept-indicators would you suggest for these? Why? What data would you collect? 2. [For undergraduates] You are a distinguished academic. You have been asked by the editor of a refereed journal to act as a referee for draft research report. Select one of the two published reports: –Bevir, M., and Rhodes, R A W. (2006) Prime Ministers, Presidentialism and Westminster Smokescreens IN Political Studies, vol. 54, Number 4, pp ; OR, –Chaney, P. (2006) Critical Mass, Deliberation and the Substantive Representation of Women: Evidence from the UKs Devolution Programme IN Political Studies, vol. 54, Number 4, pp Write your assessment using the letter (below); Write your assessment using the letter (below);

9 Research Methods in Politics: Chapter 6 9 Dr Arial Helvetica USR Editor, New Politics Digest Department of Politics University of Watersea Dear Arial [title of draft research paper] Thank you for inviting me to referee this paper. Overall, my view is that, whilst this excellent paper breaks new ground, there are a number of areas where minor revisions and additions would be helpful. Let me begin by summarising what I believe are the research question, theoretical framework, hypothesis and key concepts. The research question, etc are { words] The strengths of the paper are [ words] The weaknesses are [ words] I would also like to comment on the style of the paper [ words] The paper is, of course, suitable for publication in New Politics Digest. However, I would suggest a number of changes. They are [ words] Best wishes, Prof [your exam number]

10 Research Methods in Politics: Chapter 610 Questions for Discussion or Assignments [For graduates] 3.Select a research report on a subject that interests you from a refereed journal in your university library. Evaluate it critically using research component analysis or Roses strategies. Attach a copy of the research paper to your assignment showing what you concluded were the various analytical components. How could the research and the report be improved?


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