Political Science Scope and Methods. Introduction to Research Design and The Experimental Method. Introduction to Research Design. Scientific method (again) Theory development What qualifies as a theory? Van Evera’s view Theory testing Van Evera: Positivist approach
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Introduction to Research Design and The Experimental Method
We explain particular phenomenon – our DV – as a function of specific explanations – our IVs.
Bottom Line (76 pages of Campbell and Stanley later): Be Careful!
Note: Random assignment random selection