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An Introduction to Empirical Legal Research


ISBN13: 9780199669066
Published: August 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £19.99
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Is the death penalty a more effective deterrent than lengthy prison sentences? Does a judge's gender influence their decisions? Do independent judiciaries promote economic freedom? Answering such questions requires empirical evidence, and arguments based on empirical research have become an everyday part of legal practice, scholarship, and teaching.

In litigation judges are confronted with empirical evidence in cases ranging from bankruptcy and taxation to criminal law and environmental infringement. In academia researchers are increasingly turning to sophisticated empirical methods to assess and challenge fundamental assumptions about the law. As empirical methods impact on traditional legal scholarship and practice, new forms of education are needed for today's lawyers. All lawyers asked to present or assess empirical arguments need to understand the fundamental principles of social science methodology that underpin sound empirical research.

An Introduction to Empirical Legal Research introduces that methodology in a legal context, explaining how empirical analysis can inform legal arguments; how lawyers can set about framing empirical questions, conducting empirical research, analysing data, and presenting or evaluating the results.

The fundamentals of understanding quantitative and qualitative data, statistical models, and the structure of empirical arguments are explained in a way accessible to lawyers with or without formal training in statistics. Written by two of the world's leading experts in empirical legal analysis, drawing on years of experience in training lawyers in empirical methods, An Introduction to Empirical Legal Research will be an invaluable primer for all students, academics, or practising lawyers coming to empirical research - whether they are embarking themselves on an empirical research project, or engaging with empirical arguments in their field of study, research, or practice.

Subjects:
Legal Skills and Method
Contents:
1. Some Preliminaries

PART I: DESIGNING RESEARCH
2. Questions, Theories, Observable Implications
3. Measurement

PART II: COLLECTING AND CODING DATA
4. Collecting Data
5. Coding Data

PART III: ANALYZING DATA
6. Summarizing Data
7. Statistical Interference
8. Regression Analysis: The Basics
9. Multiple Regression Analysis and Related Methods

PART IV: COMMUNICATING DATA AND RESULTS
10. General Principles for Communicating and Visualizing Data
11. Strategies for Presenting Data and Statistical Results
12. Concluding Remarks

Appendix A: Supplementary Materials