what is the point? teaching graduate students how to construct political science research puzzles

@article{Gustafsson2018whatIT,
  title={what is the point? teaching graduate students how to construct political science research puzzles},
  author={Karl Gustafsson and Linus Hagstr{\"o}m},
  journal={European Political Science},
  year={2018},
  volume={17},
  pages={634-648}
}
One of the key challenges graduate students face is how to come up with a good rationale for their theses. Unfortunately, the methods literature in and beyond political science does not provide much advice on this important issue. While focusing on how to conduct research, this literature has largely neglected the question of why a study should be undertaken. The limited discussions that can be found suggest that new research is justified if it (1) fills a ‘gap’; (2) addresses an important real… Expand
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