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Experimental Political Science: Principles and Practices

Experimental Political Science: Principles and Practices


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An exploration of core problems in experimental research on voting behaviour and political institutions, ranging from design and data analysis to inferences with respect to constructs, constituencies and causal claims. The focus of is on the implementation of principles in experimental political science and the reflection of actual practices.

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ISBN-13: 9781349336531
Publisher: Springer Nature B.V.
Publication date: 04/26/2012
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

ANDRÉ BLAIS Professor, Department of Political Science, Université de Montréal, Canada TED BRADER Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, USA THOMAS BRÄUNINGER Professor of Political Economy and Academic Director of the Graduate School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Mannheim, Germany THOMAS GSCHWEND Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Sciences, University of Mannheim, Germany JENS GROßER Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Florida State University, USA MARC HOOGHE Professor of Political Science, University of Leuven, Belgium and Visiting Professor, Universities of Mannheim, Germany and Lille, France THOMAS KALWITZKI Junior Lecturer, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany JANA KELLER MA student in Social Sciences, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany JEAN-FRANÇOIS LASLIER Senior Member of the French National Center of Scientific Research KAMIL MARCINKIEWICZ Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for Social Science Methodology, University of Oldenburg, Germany SOFIE MARIEN Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Foundation Flanders, (FWO)University of Leuven, Belgium MICHAEL F. MEFFERT Assistant Professor in Political Psychology and Political Communication, Department of Political Science, Leiden University, the Netherlands HEIKO RAUHUT Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Sociology, Swiss Federal Institute of Science and Technology Zürich, Switzerland NICOLAS SAUGER Associate Research Professor, Centre d'études européennes, Sciences Po, Paris, France SUSUMU SHIKANO Professor of Political Methodology, University of Konstanz, Germany MICHAEL STOFFEL Researcher, Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), University of Mannheim, Germany KARINE VAN DER STRAETEN IDEI Researcher and member of the Toulouse School of Economics, France JOSHUA A. TUCKER Professor of Politics at New York University, USA FABIAN WINTER Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena, Germany JONATHAN WOON Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Table of Contents

Introduction: Experimental Political Science in Perspective; B.Kittel & R.B.Morton PART I: OVERVIEW Voting Behaviour and Political Institutions: An Overview of Challenging Questions in Theory and in Experimental Research; B.Kittel & K.Marcinkiewicz Laboratory Tests of Formal Theory and Behavioral Inferences; J.Woon Voting Mechanism Design: Modeling Institutionsin Experiments; J.Großer PART II: EXPERIMENTAL DESIGNS Strategic Voting in the Laboratory; N.Sauger , A.Blais , J-F Laslier & K.van der Straeten Survey Experiments: Partisan Cues in Multiparty Systems; T.A.Brader & J.A.Tucker Experimental 'Triangulation': Varying Designs, Converging Results; M.F.Meffert & T.Gschwend PART III: EXPLORING AND ANALYZING EXPERIMENTAL DATA Statistical Analysis of Experimental Data; S.Shikano , T.Bräuninger & M.Stoffel Experimental Chats: Opening the Black Box of Group Experiments; T.Kalwitzki , B.Kittel & W.J.Luhan PART IV: CHALLENGES TO INFERENCES FROM EXPERIMENTS On the Validity of Laboratory Research in the Political and Social Sciences; H.Rauhut & F.Winter Gathering Counter-Factual Evidence: An Experimental Study on Voters' Responses to Pre-Electoral Coalitions; M.Hooghe , S.Marien & T.Gschwend Using Time in the Laboratory; R.B.Morton PART V: CONCLUSION Conclusion: Ways Ahead in Experimental Political Science; B.Kittel & W.J.Luhan Appendix: Resources for Experimental Research in the Social Sciences; J.Keller , B.Kittel & W.J.Luhan

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