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Handbook of Research Methods in International Relations

9781839101007 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by R. Joseph Huddleston, Assistant Professor, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University, Thomas Jamieson, Assistant Professor, School of Public Administration, University of Nebraska at Omaha and Patrick James, Dornsife Dean’s Professor of International Relations, Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Southern California, US
Publication Date: August 2022 ISBN: 978 1 83910 100 7 Extent: c 832 pp
Drawing together international experts on research methods in International Relations (IR), this Handbook answers the complex practical questions for those approaching a new research topic for the first time. Innovative in its approach, it considers the art of IR research as well as the science, offering diverse perspectives on current research methods and emerging developments in the field.

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Drawing together international experts on research methods in International Relations (IR), this Handbook answers the complex practical questions for those approaching a new research topic for the first time. Innovative in its approach, it considers the art of IR research as well as the science, offering diverse perspectives on current research methods and emerging developments in the field.

Empirical chapters are split into five distinct parts guiding the reader through the research process, covering the key topics including scope and methods, concepts, data and techniques and tools and applications. Highlighting the wide-ranging differences in the topic, the illustrative case studies and research models also provide guidance on how and when to use these tools, including how to evaluate research at the start and end of projects. Furthermore, it examines how to publish research and provides advice on how to manage a research team.

This informative read will provide an excellent resource for established researchers taking on new projects, rethinking their approach to IR or those interested in learning new methods. Students and scholars of international politics and public policy as well as social scientists will also find this illuminating and instructive.
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‘This Handbook aims to address the diversity of research questions and methods used by researchers in International Relations. It emphasizes both the “art and science” of IR research, from the choice of topics, the identification of appropriate methods, and the shaping of research and findings for wider policy applications. Among the key questions addressed is how might quantitative and qualitative data be brought together in order to test theory effectively? In summary, the Handbook is a reference work that anyone in the field of IR will find helpful with their research.’
– Jonathan Wilkenfeld, University of Maryland, US

‘The Handbook of Research Methods in International Relations is a valuable and well-organized volume. The highly useful and cohesive approach of the editors brings entries from an exceptional set of contributors who collectively move from foundational matters and the context of core international relations subfields and issues through critical research design and research tool choices and applications.’
– James M. Scott, Texas Christian University, US
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