|Part I: The Scientific Method|
|1||Introduction and Course Overview||[No Readings]|
|2||Models and Theories in Political Science|| |
[PS] Chapters 1-2.
Riker, William. "The Two-Party System and Duverger's Law: An Essay on the History of Political Science." American Political Science Review 76 (1982).
Mayhew, David. "Electoral Realignments." Annual Review of Political Science 3 (2000).
|Part II: Methods of Research|
|3||Introduction to Research Design and The Experimental Method|| |
[DC] pp. 1-64.
Berinsky, Adam, and Donald Kinder. "Making Sense of Issues through Media Frames: Understanding the Kosovo Crisis." Journal of Politics 68, no. 3 (2006).
|4||Experiments in Political Science|| |
Cover, Albert, and Bruce Brumberg. "Baby Books and Ballots: The Impact of Congressional Mail on Constituent Opinion." American Political Science Review 76, no. 2 (June 1982).
Susan Hyde. "The Observer Effect in International Politics Evidence From A Natural Experiment." World Politics 60, no. 1 (2007).
Gerber, Alan, Donald Green, and Christopher Larimer. "Social Pressure and Voter Turnout: Evidence from a Largescale Field Experiment." American Political Science Review 102, no. 1 (2008).
Habyarimana, James, Macartan Humphreys, Daniel Posner, and Jeremy Weinstein. 2007. "Why Does Ethnic Diversity Undermine Public Goods Provision?" American Political Science Review 101, no. 4 (2007).
|5||Case Studies, Comparing Cases, and Statistical Analysis|| |
Gerring, John. "What is a Case Study Good For? Case Study versus Large-N Cross-Case Analysis." In Case Study Research: Principles and Practices. Cambridge University Press, 2006, pp. 37-63. ISBN: 9780521676564.
Lieberman, Evan. "Nested Analysis as a Mixed-Method Strategy for Comparative Analysis." American Political Science Review 99, no. 3 (2005).
Feaver, Peter D., Christopher Gelpi, and Jason Reifler. 2005-6. "Success Matters: Casualty Sensitivity and the War in Iraq." International Security 30, no. 3 (2005-6): 7-46.
Berinsky, Adam. "Assuming the Costs of War: Events, Elites, and American Public Support for Military Conflict." The Journal of Politics 69, no. 4 (2007): 975-997.
For reviewing the basics of statistical analysis
[PS] Chapters 7-9.
|Part III: Gathering Data|
|6||Selecting and Sampling Cases|| |
Geddes, Barbara. "How the Cases You Choose Affect the Answers You Get: Selection Bias in Comparative Politics." Political Analysis 2 (1991):131-50.
Achen, Christopher H., and Duncan Snidal. "Rational Deterrence Theory and Comparative Case Studies." World Politics 41, no. 2 (1989): 143-169.
|7||Observation, Measurement, and Political Implications I|| |
[PS] Chapters 4-5.
Robert Jackman, and Ross Miller. "A Renaissance of Political Culture?" American Journal of Political Science 40, no. 3 (August 1996): 632-659.
|8||Observation, Measurement, and Political Implications II|| |
Gladwell, Malcolm. "Examined Life: What Stanley Kaplan Taught us about the SAT." The New Yorker, December 17, 2001.
Brady, Henry, et al. "Law and Data: The Butterfly Ballot Episode." PS: Political Science and Politics 34, no. 1 (March 2001): 59-69.
Nisbett, Richard, and Timothy Wilson. "Telling More Than We Can Know: Verbal Reports on Mental Processes," Psychological Review 84, no. 3 (1977): 231-259.
Fenno, Richard F., Jr. "The House Appropriations Committee as a Political System: The Problem of Integration." American Political Science Review 56, no. 2 (1962): 310-324.
|Part IV: Guest Lectures|
|9||Jens Hainmueller||[No Readings]|
|10||Vipin Narang||[No Readings]|
|Part V: Student Presentations|
|11||Group 1||[No Readings]|
|12||Group 2||[No Readings]|
|13||Group 3||[No Readings]|
|Part VI: Conclusions|
|14||Ethics and Political Research|| |
Milgram, Stanley. "Some Conditions of Obedience and Disobedience to Authority." Human Relations 18 (1965):57-76.
Zimbardo, Phillip. "A Pirandellian Prison," New York Times Magazine, April 8, 1973. (See also Zimbardo's description of this Prison experiment at http://www.prisonexp.org )
|15||Final Thoughts||[No Readings]|