Explorations is designed specifically to develop the skills that Canadian students need to pursue research in political science and a clear appreciation of both the power and limitations of such research. This detailed yet accessible guide ensures that students have the skills they need to think clearly about research issues and to design and conduct their own studies.
Loleen Berdahl is an associate professor of Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research interests include Canadian federalism and regionalism, public policy, and public opinion. She is the co-author of four books, including Explorations: Conducting Empirical Research in Canadian Political Science. She is the Project Leader for the new survey and focus group research facility at the University of Saskatchewan's Social Sciences Research Laboratories, funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation; research leader for the University of Saskatchewan's Taking the Pulse initiative; and the recipient of the 2012 University of Saskatchewan Provost's Award for Outstanding New Teacher.
Keith Archer is a professor emeritus at the University of Calgary and was named Chief Electoral Officer in British Columbia in 2011. He has served on many boards, commissions, and agencies, including the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of seven books and over 30 articles and chapters in the area of elections and voting.
"What sets this text apart is the accessible presentation of quantitative statistical methods and the breadth and relevance of the Canadian examples provided." --Ruben Zaiotti, Dalhousie University
"This book provides a solid grounding in methods as well as basic analysis suitable for almost all political science majors." --Elizabeth Bloodgood, Concordia University