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Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences

A Practical Introduction with Examples in SPSS and Stata


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Daniel Stockemer
    Pages 1-3
  3. Daniel Stockemer
    Pages 23-35
  4. Daniel Stockemer
    Pages 37-56
  5. Daniel Stockemer
    Pages 57-71
  6. Daniel Stockemer
    Pages 73-99
  7. Daniel Stockemer
    Pages 101-132
  8. Daniel Stockemer
    Pages 163-174
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 175-181

About this book


This textbook offers an essential introduction to survey research and quantitative methods. Building on the premise that statistical methods need to be learned in a practical fashion, the book guides students through the various steps of the survey research process and helps to apply those steps toward a real example. 

In detail, the textbook introduces students to the four pillars of survey research and quantitative analysis: (1) the importance of survey research, (2) preparing a survey, (3) conducting a survey and (4) analyzing a survey. Students are shown how to create their own questionnaire based on some theoretically derived hypotheses to achieve empirical findings for a solid dataset. Lastly, they use said data to test their hypotheses in a bivariate and multivariate realm. 

The book explains the theory, rationale and mathematical foundations of these tests. In addition, it provides clear instructions on how to conduct the tests in SPSS and Stata. Given the breadth of its coverage, the textbook is suitable for introductory statistics, survey research or quantitative methods classes in the social sciences. 


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Political StudiesUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada

About the authors

Daniel Stockemer is an Associate Professor at the School of Political Studies of the University of Ottawa, Canada. His main research interests are political participation, political representation, right-wing extremism in Europe, as well as quantitative and qualitative research methods. Since becoming a professor in 2010, Stockemer has published 2 single authored books, 1 edited volume and more than 70 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is also a co-editor of European Political Science (EPS), the professional journal of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).

Bibliographic information


“There are many books designed to introduce undergraduate students to elementary statistical analysis, several of which are appropriate for social and behavioural science students. Often lacking in these books is attention to key pre-analysis stages, such as understanding the role of theories, concepts, hypotheses, variables, and survey design and administration. This text provides such pre-analysis information … . Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduates.” (J. P. Hoffmann, Choice, Vol. 56 (12), August, 2019)