The Sciences Po Series in International Relations and Political Economy

Resources and Applied Methods in International Relations

Editors: Devin, Guillaume (Ed.)

  • Constitutes a concise and rich methodological guide for students and professors of IR as well as practitioners in the field
  • Offers a fresh look at methods by French scholars in a field dominated by US/UK scholarship
  • Features concrete examples and cases studied analyzed with the specific objective of showing methods and tools
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About this book

This book constitutes an up-to-date methodology reference work for International Relations (IR) scholars and students. The study of IR calls for the use of multiple and various tools to try and describe international phenomena, analyze and understand them, compare them, interpret them, and try to offer theoretical approaches. In a nutshell, doing research in IR requires both tools and methods—from the use of archives to the translation of results through mapping, from conducting interviews to analyzing quantitative data, from constituting a corpus to the always touchy interpretation of images and discourses. This volume assembles twenty young researchers and professors in the field of IR and political science to discuss numerous rich and thoroughly explained case studies. Merging traditional political science approaches with methods borrowed from  sociology and history, it offers a clear and instructive synthesis of the main resources and applied methods to study International Relations. 

About the authors

Guillaume Devin is Professor of Political Science at CERI Sciences Po, Paris, France.

Reviews

“This volume brings together a very rich collection of chapters on methods of IR. Most chapters were 'tried' on various generations of astute students at Sciences Po. As a result, authors have provided us with one of the most convincing introductory statements of how IR scholars actually do research.” (Thierry Balzacq, Francqui Research Chair, University of Namur, Belgium)

“An essential—and rare—instrument for achieving empirical research in International Relations, combining the common expertise of the discipline with the distinctive characteristics of the French approach.” (Bertrand Badie, Full Professor, Sciences Po, Paris, France)

“Building on the rich tradition of French international political sociology, Guillaume Devin and his contributors do a real service to students of International Relations, by combining a set of clear ‘how-to’ guides with lucid discussions of the merits and limits of a variety of methods, ranging from interviews to archival research, from cartography to statistics, and from the analysis of discourse to that of images.” (Vincent Pouliot, Professor and William Dawson Scholar, McGill University, Canada)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Describing, Representing, Interpreting

    Devin, Guillaume (et al.)

    Pages 3-18

  • Constructing Subjects and Comparison in International Relations Studies

    Lindemann, Thomas

    Pages 19-30

  • Consulting Foreign Affairs Archives in France and America

    Bergmane, Una

    Pages 33-41

  • Taking Images Seriously, How to Analyze Them?

    Cohen, Corentin (et al.)

    Pages 43-56

  • Imagining and Representing the Spatial Aspect of Actors and Societies

    Durand, Marie-Françoise (et al.)

    Pages 57-73

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Hardcover $129.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Resources and Applied Methods in International Relations
Editors
  • Guillaume Devin
Series Title
The Sciences Po Series in International Relations and Political Economy
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-61979-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-61979-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-61978-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 187
Number of Illustrations and Tables
14 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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