Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Political Science
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Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Political Science

Edited by Hans Keman and Jaap J. Woldendorp

This Handbook offers a comprehensive overview of state-of-the-art research methods and applications currently in use in political science. It combines theory and methodology (qualitative and quantitative), and offers insights into the major approaches and their roots in the philosophy of scientific knowledge. Including a comprehensive discussion of the relevance of a host of digital data sources, plus the dos and don’ts of data collection in general, the book also explains how to use diverse research tools and highlights when and how to apply these techniques.
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Chapter 2: Epistemology and approaches: logic, causation and explanation

Dirk Berg-Schlosser


2 Epistemology and approaches: logic, causation and explanation* Dirk Berg-Schlosser 1 INTRODUCTION In a very basic sense, it is important to distinguish three fundamental notions (and fields of inquiry): 1. 2. 3. Ontology (the ‘study of being’) i...

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