IR scholarship is diverse in its epistemology, ontology, methods, and applications. This is a critical strength of the field, but it can also make the field difficult to navigate for graduate students embarking on empirical research for the first time, or even for seasoned researchers exploring new topics. We have compiled this volume as a practical guidebook to provide careful introductions to new methods, written by outstanding researchers whose contributions reflect the diversity of the field. In this introductory chapter, we provide an overview of the motivation and objectives of the handbook, and outline the structure of the chapters to follow.
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