Research Methods In Political Science And Public Administration by Augustine Nduka Eneanya (Ph.D).
Politics is about power. Studying the distribution and exercise of power is, however, far from straightforward. By its very nature, the subject matter of political science presents particular problems for the researcher. How can we choose between two seemingly plausible accounts of political phenomenon in the world?
The ability to research and provide evidence to corroborate a particular view of the world, is clearly vital to the discipline of political science. In fact, it calls for critical reflection on method as one of the hallmarks of the discipline, separating the academic study of politics from political journalism.
Methods of inquiry are intrinsically linked to research findings. Without the interview, how can we know the views of our leaders on events of the day? Without analysis of documents and archives, how could we put together the complex chain of past events? Without surveys and statistical analysis, how could popular opinion be judged and the claims of the government be assessed? In short, without carefully designed research methods, serious political science inquiry would be impossible