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.
'In Handbook of Research Methods in International Relations, the editors have brought together leading IR scholars to describe how they conduct their research. The result is a highly usable how-to guide on best research practices in international relations. The Handbook takes the reader on a guided tour through the tools of the trade—including interpretivist techniques, archival research, qualitative case study analysis, elite interviewing, and quantitative techniques such as social network analysis, computer-aided text analysis and formal modeling. The result is a must-have primer on how to conduct IR research from scholars who consistently publish in the top journals and presses in the field.'
– Erin K. Jenne, Central European University, Vienna
'Handbook of Research Methods in International Relations is a superb Handbook that offers students and scholars a highly useful guide for conducting research in International Relations. The chapters are expertly written and address a wide range of methods in IR – from formal modeling to critical theory. With its emphasis on the relevance and evaluation of results, the Handbook also serves as an invaluable starting point for producing engaged research into today's issues, trends, and crises.'
– Steven C. Roach, University of South Florida, US
'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
Contributors: Seden Akcinaroglu, Luai Ali, Carlos Felipe Balcazar, Jeb Barnes, Miriam Barnum, Samuel E. Bestvater, Marijke Breuning, M.P. Broache, Christopher K. Butler, Giacomo Chiozza, Bridget L. Coggins, Peter B. Cuppernull, Dana El Kurd, Sarah Gansen, Ross James Gildea, Lindsey A. Goldberg, Elsy Gonzalez, Lui Hebron, R. Joseph Huddleston, John Ishiyama, Patrick James, Thomas Jamieson, Melissa Johnston, Mert Kartal, Lucas Knotter, George Kyris, Matt Malis, Jessica Maves Braithwaite, Elizabeth J. Menninga, Eric Min, Julianne Phillips, Paul Poast, Simon Frankel Pratt, Mark Raymond, Reyna L. Reyes Nunez, Norrin M. Ripsman, Emily Hencken Ritter, Jennifer Roglà, Michael A. Rubin, Andrea Ruggeri, Patrick E. Shea, Joshua Shifrinson, Myriam Shiran, Laura Sjoberg, Leigh Spanner, Rochelle Layla Terman, Alrik Thiem, Efe Tokdemir, Inken von Borzyskowski, Nicholas Weller, Jenifer Whitten-Woodring, Jonathon Whooley, Weidong Zhang, Kelebogile Zvobgo.
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.