Comparative methodology

theory and practice in international social research

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Author: Else Øyen

Publisher: Sage Pubns

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 227

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Social scientists are increasingly faced with the need to conduct research on an international scale. Although there is a long-established tradition of comparative research, the design and conduct of cross-national studies continues to present serious theoretical and methodological difficulties. In this book an experienced international team of researchers explores these problems and examines how they have been addressed through specific examples of comparative research. Does comparison across national boundaries present a new set of theoretical, methodological and epistemological challenges; or is it simply a variant (however complex in practice) of other social research? How far can the findings of single-country studies be replicated and validated through cross-national research? Is there a specific comparative methodology? How do the methodological issues of comparative work cut across other debates on method? Do data already available in national and international archives offer a route towards resolving practical problems in comparative research? Exploring these and other issues in comparative methodology, this book will be essential reading for sociologists, political scientists and others engaged in international social research.

The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Analysis

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Author: Uwe Flick

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446296695

Category: Social Science

Page: 664

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The wide range of approaches to data analysis in qualitative research can seem daunting even for experienced researchers. This handbook is the first to provide a state-of-the art overview of the whole field of QDA; from general analytic strategies used in qualitative research, to approaches specific to particular types of qualitative data, including talk, text, sounds, images and virtual data. The handbook includes chapters on traditional analytic strategies such as grounded theory, content analysis, hermeneutics, phenomenology and narrative analysis, as well as coverage of newer trends like mixed methods, reanalysis and meta-analysis. Practical aspects such as sampling, transcription, working collaboratively, writing and implementation are given close attention, as are theory and theorization, reflexivity, and ethics. Written by a team of experts in qualitative research from around the world, this handbook is an essential compendium for all qualitative researchers and students across the social sciences.

International Comparative Research

Theory, Methods and Practice

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Author: Linda Hantrais

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 113717529X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

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This authoritative book examines the what, why and how of international comparative research. It offers a comprehensive topic-based overview of the theory and practice of comparative research and addresses the possible concerns of those both funding the research and using the findings. Drawing on illustrations from the extensive international literature as well as real-life comparative studies, the chapters guide readers through the many stages in the research process, from research design and data collection to the analysis and interpretation of findings. In a book that crosses national, societal, cultural and disciplinary boundaries, the author: • Pinpoints practical problems and directs readers to tried and tested solutions, including multiple method strategies. • Draws on examples of policy transfer to examine how comparative research can inform policy making • Provides guidance on the management of international research teams and projects. This resource is the ultimate reference tool for students, researchers and practitioners undertaking comparative research projects in international settings across the social sciences and humanities.

Public Relations und Voorlichting in den Niederlanden

Versuch einer Begriffserklärung anhand einer schriftlichen Befragung von Praktikern

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Author: Sven Ollmann

Publisher: diplom.de

ISBN: 3832429956

Category: Social Science

Page: 254

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Inhaltsangabe:Einleitung: Die Arbeit geht von der Annahme aus, dass die Analyse nationaler Eigenheiten und internationaler Übereinstimmungen im Bereich Öffentlichkeitsarbeit neue Impulse für den Ausbau der nach wie vor schwachen theoretischen Fundierung des Faches ergeben könnte. Bisher gibt es erst wenige Ansätze, nationale Ausprägungen von Öffentlichkeitsarbeit bzw. Public Relations (PR) zu untersuchen. Zwar existieren einige Abhandlungen über die PR-Geschichte einzelner Länder in der jeweiligen Landessprache. Studien, die einen Blick über die Grenzen wagen, sind jedoch selten. Aus diesen Gründen befaßt sich die vorliegende Untersuchung mit der Öffentlichkeitsarbeit in den Niederlanden aus deutscher Sicht. Die Niederlande wurden ausgewählt, da sich die Öffentlichkeitsarbeit dort durch eine interessante nationale Besonderheit auszeichnet: die Zweiteilung in Public Relations und Voorlichting (dt.: Aufklärung). Van der Meiden und Fauconnier bezeichnen sie als ein typisch niederländisches Problem, das im Ausland oft auf Unverständnis stoße. Dieses Unverständnis zu beheben, ist das Ziel der Magisterarbeit. Mit einem Vergleich der Fachliteratur, des Professionalisierungsstandes sowie der Arbeitsweisen der Praktiker wird versucht zu klären, ob und inwieweit Voorlichting und PR zwei eigenständige Gebiete mit jeweils eigenen Methoden und Theorien sind. Bestehen tatsächlich grundlegende Unterschiede oder handelt es sich um weitgehend identische Tätigkeiten, für die lediglich verschiedene Bezeichnungen existieren? Gang der Untersuchung: Der Hauptteil der Arbeit gliedert sich in drei Schritte. Zu Beginn wird untersucht, welche Unterschiede und Gemeinsamkeiten auf theoretischer Ebene zwischen Voorlichting und PR bestehen. Dazu werden in einer Übersicht über die niederländische Fachliteratur wichtige Ansätze und Forschungen vorgestellt. Der zweite Schritt besteht aus einer Analyse des Berufsfeldes Öffentlichkeitsarbeit in den Niederlanden. Zunächst werden die sich aus dem gesellschaftlichen Kontext ergebenden Rahmenbedingungen dargestellt. Den Einstieg bildet eine kurze Beschreibung der niederländischen Gesellschaftsform der Versäulung (verzuiling). Zwar löst sich dieses System zusehends auf, doch tragen noch einige für PR und Voorlichting relevante gesellschaftliche Bereiche seine Spuren - wie bspw. das Mediensystem. Es folgt eine Darstellung der Kommunikationsordnung mit den für Öffentlichkeitsarbeit wichtigen Gesetzen und Bestimmungen. Anschließend wird [...]

Handbook of Administrative History

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Author: Jos Raadschelders

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351516396

Category: Political Science

Page: 372

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Public administration is commonly assumed to be a young discipline, rooted in law and political science, with little history of its own. Likewise, teaching and scholarship in this field is often career oriented and geared either toward the search for immediately usable knowledge or guidelines and prescriptions for the future. Although most administrative scientists would acknowledge that their field has a history, their time horizon is limited to the recent past. Raadschelders demonstrates that public administration has in fact a long-standing tradition, both in practice and in writing; administration has been an issue ever since human beings recognized the need to organize themselves in order to organize the environment in which they lived. This history, in turn, underlines the need for administrators to be aware of the importance and contemporary impact of past decisions and old traditions. In seeking to go beyond the usual problem-solving and future-oriented studies of public administration, this volume adds greatly to the cognitive richness of this field of research. Indeed, the search for theoretical generalizations will profit from an approach that unravels long-term trends in the development of administration and government."Raadschelders approaches public administration history from a dual perspective, as trained historian and professor of public administration.... The volume is appropriately called a aehandbook' in view of its methodical listing of the literature on administrative history, together with summaries of numerous authors' principal theories. The second chapter is an essay on sources in the field, including an extended bibliography.... These parts of the book alone make it useful to scholars in the field.... Raadschelders is helpful in other ways as well. The third and fourth chapters offer a highly sophisticated discussion of methodological problems encountered in writing administrative history, including the issue of perceiving 'stage

Scheidung in Ost- und Westdeutschland.

Zum Verhältnis von Ehestabilität und Sozialstruktur seit den 30er Jahren.

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Author: Michael Wagner (Dr. phil.)

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Divorce

Page: 355

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Challenging the Qualitative-Quantitative Divide

Explorations in Case-focused Causal Analysis

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Author: Barry Cooper,Judith Glaesser,Roger Gomm,Martyn Hammersley

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441142207

Category: Education

Page: 288

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An exploration of case-focused methods as a means of bridging the quantitative-qualitative divide and the key methodological issues.

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods

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Author: Michael Lewis-Beck,Alan E Bryman,Tim Futing Liao

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761923633

Category: Social Science

Page: 1305

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"The first encyclopedia to cover inclusively both quantitative and qualitative research approaches, this set provides clear explanations of 1,000 methodologies, avoiding mathematical equations when possible with liberal cross-referencing and bibliographies. Each volume includes a list of works cited, and the third contains a comprehensive index and lists of person names, organizations, books, tests, software, major concepts, surveys, and methodologies."--"Reference that rocks," American Libraries, May 2005.

The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Politics

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Author: Todd Landman,Neil Robinson

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446206556

Category: Political Science

Page: 560

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'Editors Landman and Robinson have compiled an excellent tour d'horizon of comparative politics. Distinguished contributors explore theoretical and methodological issues as well as examine the critical substantive domains that animate today's comparativists. Graduate students and academics will want to keep this volume on their book shelf' - Professor Mark Irving Lichbach, University of Maryland 'The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Politics is a major new resource for scholars of comparative politics, and of political science more generally. The Handbook covers the field with admirable thoroughness, but does not sacrifice depth for breadth. The chapters are written by notable scholars who provide rich discussions of their topics, and help to move the sub-discipline forward' - B. Guy Peters, Professor, University of Pittsburgh The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Politics presents; in one volume, an authoritative overview of the theoretical, methodological and substantive elements of comparative political science. The 28 specially commissioned chapters, written by renowned comparative scholars, guide the reader through the central issues and debates, presenting a state-of-the-art guide to the past, present and possible futures of the field. The Handbook is divided into three parts. The first considers comparative methodologies and reviews the interactions between various sub-fields of comparative politics: political economy; political sociology; area studies; international relations; and institutional analysis. The second section examines nine 'classic' issues of concern to comparativists, including government formation, political behaviour and democratization. In the final section, nine new and emerging areas of comparative research are considered, such as terrorism, electoral corruption, human rights and regional integration. The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Politics is an essential resource for researchers in political science, political sociology, political economy, international relations, area studies and all other fields with a comparative political dimension.

Die deutsche Gesellschaft in vergleichender Perspektive

Festschrift für Erwin K. Scheuch zum 65. Geburtstag

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Author: Erwin K. Scheuch,Karl-Heinz Reuband,Franz Urban Pappi,Heinrich Best

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Germany

Page: 367

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The Invisible Workers

Articulations of Race and Class in the Life Histories of Braceros

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Author: Ronald L. Mize

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Foreign workers, Mexican

Page: 550

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Crossing Borders

Re-mapping Women's Movements at the Turn of the 21st Century

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Author: Hilda Rømer Christensen,Beatrice Halsaa,Aino Saarinen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 371

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This anthology indicates the many and multi-layered ways in which women's movements have developed in the past and the challenges that face women's movements today. Covering a broad range of issues, the book strives for re-narration and re-location of one of the major social movements of the 20th century and for fresh analysis of the latest trends. The framework for the texts has been set by recent structural, ideological and cultural changes towards globalization (including the end of the Cold War bipolarization), immigration, and multiculturalism. The changes have produced new fields of cooperation and conflicts within the women's movements and generated new questions that are dealt with in four main sections. - Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2005

The Sage Handbook of Organizational Research Methods

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Author: Professor David Buchanan,Professor Alan Bryman

Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd

ISBN: 1446246051

Category:

Page: 776

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The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Research Methods provides a rich resource for organizational researchers, locating the technical aspects of organizational research in the wider context of the relevant personal, epistemological, theoretical, historical, ethical, and political issues. David Buchanan and Alan Bryman have gathered together many of the world's leading writers on theory, method, and analysis in organizational research and have made this the most comprehensive and cutting-edge volume in this ever-growing field.

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology

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Author: Edwin Amenta,Kate Nash,Alan Scott

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444355074

Category: Social Science

Page: 576

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The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology is a complete reference guide, reflecting the scope and quality of the discipline, and highlighting emerging topics in the field. Global in focus, offering up-to-date topics from an interdisciplinary, international set of scholars addressing key issues concerning globalization, social movements, and citizenship The majority of chapters are new, including those on environmental politics, international terrorism, security, corruption, and human rights Revises and updates all previously published chapters to include new themes and topics in political sociology Provides an overview of scholarship in the field, with chapters working independently and collectively to examine the full range of contributions to political sociology Offers a challenging yet accessible and complete reference guide for students and scholars

Encyclopedia of sociology

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Author: Edgar F. Borgatta,Marie L. Borgatta

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 2359

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The SAGE Handbook of Corporate Governance

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Author: Thomas Clarke,Douglas M. Branson

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412929814

Category: Corporate governance

Page: 657

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'The SAGE Handbook of Corporate Governance' offers a critical overview of the key themes, theoretical controversies, current research and emerging concepts that frame the field.

Methods for Quantitative Macro-Comparative Research

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Author: Salvatore J. Babones

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483314987

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

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Will a one-child policy increase economic growth? Does globalization contribute to global warming? Are unequal societies less healthy than more egalitarian societies? To answer questions like these, social scientists turn to quantitative macro-comparative research (QMCR). Although many social scientists understand statistics conceptually, they struggle with the mathematical skills required to conduct QMCR. In Methods for Quantitative Macro-Comparative Research, author Salvatore J. Babones offers a means to bridge that gap, interpreting the advanced statistics used in QMCR in terms of verbal descriptions that any college graduate with a basic background in statistics can follow. He addresses both the philosophical foundations and day-to-day practice of QMCR in an effort to improve research outcomes and ensure policy relevance. A comprehensive guide to QMCR, the book presents an overview of the questions that can be answered using QMCR, details the steps of the research process, and concludes with important guidelines and best-practices for conducting QMCR. The book assumes that the reader has a sound grasp of the fundamentals of linear regression modeling, but no advanced mathematical knowledge is required in order for researchers and students to read, understand, and enjoy the book. A conversational discussion style supplemented by 75 tables and figures makes the book's methodological arguments accessible to both students and professionals. Extensive citations refer readers back to primary discussions in the literature, and a comprehensive index provides easy access to coverage of specific techniques. “This should be required reading for World Bank, OECD and U.N. researchers and data collectors as well as applied and academic sociologists, economists, political scientists and others who conduct cross country comparisons using publicly available large datasets. —Ernesto Castañeda, University of Texas at El Paso “I really don’t know how the author has managed it, but he covers complex material in an incredibly clear way…I think students who have a weaker background in statistics will learn a lot from the text and students with an advanced background in statistics will look at their analyses in a different way (from the point of planning analyses to actually interpreting results).” —Lesley Williams Reid, Georgia State University

The Handbook of Social Research Ethics

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Author: Donna M. Mertens,Pauline E. Ginsberg

Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc

ISBN: 1412949181

Category: Social Science

Page: 667

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Brings together international scholars across the social and behavioural sciences and education to address those ethical issues that arise in the theory and practice of research within the technologically advancing and culturally complex world in which we live.