Political science: Each question requires a detailed answer

  1. Briefly describe a political problem to examine.  After a brief description, construct a Research Question to explore, a Theory that explains the phenomenon you wish to examine, and a Hypothesis that you can derive from the theory.  Be sure to label each part clearly.
  • Let’s say you are interested in surveying to generalize about a population.  Construct a survey, crafting specific questions, to accomplish this goal. 

Choose One:  Option 1:  Why voters supported Brexit. 

            Option 2:  Why some individuals only vote in presidential elections and not others. 

Be sure to: 1) Indicate your choice, 2) Explain why a survey research design is well suited to analyze your chosen issue, and 3) What, specifically, is your research design, including specific questions used to measure key attitudes.

  • Let’s say you are interested in causality.  Construct an experiment to assess one of the following causal mechanisms. 

Choose One:  Option 1:  The impact of an impeachment trial on trust in government. 

            Option 2:  Incentivizing individuals to read more about world politics. 

Be sure to: 1) Indicate your choice, 2) Explain why an experimental research design is well suited to analyze your chosen issue, and 3) What, specifically, is your research design, including a description of the treatment(s).  Feel free to draw this out with notation.