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The Evolution of Methodological Techniques in the Canadian Journal of Political Science

  • Maxime Héroux-Legault (a1)

The article makes three contributions to our knowledge of the Canadian political science literature. First, it offers a historical survey of the methodologies and techniques used in the discipline. Second, the findings of this paper constitute a reference for future work interested in commenting the methods and techniques used in CJPS and provide scholars with data they can use to better situate their work within the broader literature. Finally, the paper answers three questions that permeate discussions of the Canadian political science literature. It investigates whether the proportion of qualitative works has declined over time, whether Canadian scholarship is more qualitative than quantitative today and whether there are important differences in the methodologies and techniques used in Canada and in the United States. The article concludes with a discussion of the future of political science methodology based on the findings.

Cet article apporte trois contributions à notre connaissance de la littérature canadienne en science politique. Premièrement, il offre une enquête historique des méthodologies et des techniques utilisées dans la discipline. Deuxièmement, ses conclusions constituent une référence pour le travail à venir qui vise à commenter les méthodes et techniques employées dans la CJPS/RCSP et fournissent aux chercheurs des données pouvant servir à mieux situer leur travail dans le contexte plus vaste de la littérature spécialisée. Enfin, l’article répond à trois questions qui imprègnent les débats de la littérature canadienne en science politique. Il examine si la proportion du travail qualitatif a diminué au fil du temps, si la recherche au Canada est aujourd’hui plus qualitative que quantitative et s’il subsiste d’importantes différences dans les méthodologies et les techniques utilisées au Canada et aux États-Unis. L’article se conclut par une discussion de l’avenir de la méthodologie employée en science politique en fonction de ces constatations.

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