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Introduction 1: Research in the Social Sciences 2: Constructing a Research Design 3: Constructing Case Studies and Comparisons 4: Constructing Data 5: Writing Up Your Research 6: For the Road Appendix: Participating in the Profession A. Presenting a Paper B. Discussing a Paper C. Research Proposals Bibliography

About the Author

Bob Hancke is a Reader in European Political Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He published Large Firms and Institutional Change (Oxford University Press 2002), Beyond Varieties of Capitalism: Conflict, Contradiction and Complementarities in the European Economy (co-edited with Martin Rhodes and Mark Thatcher (Oxford University Press 2007), and Debating Varieties of Capitalism: A Reader, (Oxford University Press 2009). His main interests are: the comparative political economy of advanced capitalist societies, institutions and macro-economic policy in EMU, comparative labour relations and trade union studies.


This is an excellent book. It should be useful for both graduate students and their supervisors (especially those making their first steps in supervising PhD students). The book offers a systematic and reflective guide to empirical research in the social sciences. It can also benefit researchers in other disciplines, such as law * Oren Perez, Political Studies Review *

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