How does china’s One belt one road initiative effect china & US relationship politically and economically.
Research Design Sketch Instructions (Small-n Comparative Research) Use this guide to detail the main elements of your research design sketch. Make sure to respond to all areas of this guide and comply with all instructions. Be sure to review and to use the specific methodological concepts and literature that we have covered in class as you complete your sketch. Finally, remember to correctly and consistently cite sources throughout your final submission. 1. State your topic, research question, and significance. Remember to state your research question as an explicit explanatory research question (e.g. “What explains…?” or “Why…?”). Remember that small-n neopositivist research aims to analyze/compare one or a few cases in depth (this will probably mean modifying your question!). Feel free to use the Booth et al. formula: find out why… In order to help my reader understand… 2. Theory and Existing Scholarship. Name AT LEAST TWO ADDITIONAL peer-reviewed scholarly resources that you are adding to your literature review to help orient your comparative research design, and describe how they contribute to your research project, and vice versa. No more than 1 paragraph. 3. Case Selection. State the cases that you propose to analyze and your justification. Remember, for a small-n neopositivist project you select one, two, or a few specific cases for in-depth analysis. Depending on your topic and theoretical orientation, a case can be a state, a revolution, an international norm, an organization, a region, a city, an election cycle, a political leader, and more. No more than 1 paragraph. 4. Operationalization of the Dependent Variable (DV) and Independent or Intervening Variables (IV). Remember that a variable is something that must or can vary across your cases. Use the sources you read for your literature review as well as from the primary sources you have examined as you select variables/indicators and develop hypotheses! DV What is the variable to be explained? Operationalization What questions would you ask of the data in order to assign a value to the variable indicator? Remember, in this research tradition an indicator is a measurable characteristic of the variable, but not just a number; see, for example, how Andia and Chorev operationalized “Expert Prestige” or “Legitimacy of Knowledge” in their research. Data source(s) What data source(s) will you use to operationalize the DV? Be as specific as possible in indicating the primary source(s) that you would use to be able to assign a value to your indicator, and remember to include proper citations for all data sources. IV 1 (required) What is your first explanatory or intervening variable? Operationalization What questions would you ask of the data in order to assign a value to the variable indicator? IV 2 (required) What is your second explanatory or intervening variable? Operationalization What questions would you ask of the data in order to assign a value to the variable indicator? IV 3 (optional) What is your third explanatory or intervening variable? Operationalization What questions would you ask of the data in order to assign a value to the variable indicator? 5. Hypotheses. Formulate at least two testable and falsifiable propositions about the relationship between one or more IV and your DV using one of the templates that we have covered in class; remember that your hypothesis might be about a conjuncture of causes or a sequence of causes. Each hypothesis should be 1 sentence-long. 6. Data Analysis and Justification. State the methods that you will use to analyze and/or compare your cases, and justify this choices. In other words, how would you go about analyzing your cases so as to uncover the causes of the social phenomenon you are trying to explain. No more than 1 paragraph. 7. Concluding Thoughts. Given your research topic and interest, what are the strengths and weaknesses involved in taking a small-n approach for your project? No more than 1 paragraph. GUIDELINES • 700-1,000 words (excluding identifying information and bibliography); • You must reference at least 2 new scholarly sources; • Use footnotes, when appropriate, and include a bibliography. Use Turabian citation style.