Recent Books and Journals Articles in Public Opinion, Survey Methods, and Survey Statistics. 2015 Update

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Welcome to the 7th edition of this column on recent books and journal articles in the field of public opinion, survey methods, and survey statistics. This year I had the chance to visit the London book fair, so I was able actually to see some of the new books in our field.

This article is an update of the April 2014 article. Like the previous year, the books are organized by topic; this should help the readers to focus on their interests.

It is unlikely to list all new books in the field; I did my best scouting different resources and websites, but I take full responsibility for any omission. The list is also focusing only on books published in English language and available for purchase (as an Ebook or in print) at the time of this review (June 2015). Books are listed based on the relevance to the topic, and no judgment is made in terms of quality of the content. We let the readers do so.

Given our field is becoming more and more interdisciplinary, this year I added a new section called “big data, social media and other relevant books” to capture areas that are overlapping more and more with public opinion, survey research, and survey statistics.

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Journals Special Issues

The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science published a special issue on “Toward Computational Social Science: Big Data in Digital Environments” Volume 659, Issue 1, 2015.

The International Journal of Public Opinion Research published a special issue on “Public Opinion on Gay Rights and Marriage” Volume 26, Issue 3, 2014.

The Journal of Official Statistics published a special issue on “Establishment Surveys” Volume 30, Issue 4, 2014.

Political Analysis published a symposium on “Advances in Survey Methodology” Volume 22, Issue 3, 2014.

Political Analysis published a virtual issue: “Innovative Methods in Online Research” (2015).

Public Opinion Quarterly published a special issue on “New Directions in Presidential-Election Research” Volume 78, Issue S1, 2014.

Public Opinion Quarterly published a special issue on “Cross-Cultural Issues in Survey Methodology” Volume 79, Issue S1, 2015.

Survey Methods, Insights from the field published a special issue on “Weighting: Practical Issues and ‘How to’ Approach” Number 1, 2015.

Survey Practice published a special issue on “Survey Research & Methodology Training” Volume 8, Issue 1, 2015.

Annual Reviews critically reviews the most significant primary research literature to guide researchers to the principal contributions of their field […] Each article is its own search engine, providing a gateway to the essential primary research literature referenced within each topic” (From the Annual Reviews website:

Relevant to our topics, these are three reviews published recently:

Davidov, E., B. Meuleman, J. Cieciuch, P. Schmidt and J. Billiet. 2014. Measurement equivalence in cross-national research. Annual Review of Sociology 40: 55–75.

Gosling, S.D. and W. Mason. 2015. Internet research in psychology. Annual Review of Psychology 66: 877–902.

Thompson, M.E. 2015. Using longitudinal complex survey data. Annual Review of Statistics and Its Application 2: 305–320.

Public Opinion Books

Abramson, P.R., B.T. Gomez, D.W. Rohde and J.H. Aldrich. 2015. Change and continuity in the 2012 and 2014 elections. Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA.

Cohen, J.E. 2015. Presidential leadership in public opinion: causes and consequences. Cambridge University Press, New York.

Coleman, R. and D. Wu. 2015. Image and emotion in voter decisions: the affect agenda. Lexington Books, London.

Craig, R. 2014. Polls, expectations, and elections: TV news making in U.S. presidential campaigns. Lexington Books, Lanham, MD.

Druckman, J.N. and L.R. Jacobs. 2015. Who governs?: presidents, public opinion, and manipulation. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Erikson, R.S. and K.L. Tedin. 2014. American public opinion (9th ed.). Pearson, Boston.

Freidman, J. (Ed.). 2014. The nature and origins of mass opinion reconsidered: what determines public opinion? Routledge, New York.

Gaquin, D.A. and G.W. Dunn (Eds.). 2014. The who, what, and where of America: understanding the American community survey (4th ed.). Bernan Press, Plymouth, UK.

Glynn, C.J., S. Herbst, M. Lindeman, G.J. O’Keefe and R.Y. Shapiro. 2015. Public opinion (3rd ed.). Westview Press, Boulder, CO.

Grenier, É. 2014. Tapping into the pulse: political public opinion polling in Canada, 2013 (Ebook only). IndieBookLauncher, Brampton, Ontario.

Holzer, H. 2014. Lincoln and the power of the press: the war for public opinion. Simon & Schuster, New York.

Johnson, K.A. 2014. American woman: the poll dance: women and voting. ARK Stories.

Survey Methods Books

Callegaro, M., K.L. Manfreda and V. Vehovar. 2015. Web survey methodology. Sage, London.

Cary, N. 2014. Do your own online surveys. DYI and self serve market research. CGW, Birmingham.

Champagne, M.V. 2014. The survey playbook: how to create the perfect survey. (Vol.1). CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Collins, D. (Ed.). 2015. Cognitive interviewing practice. Sage, London.

Corti, L., Van den Eynden, V., Bishop, L. and Woollard, M. 2014. Managing and sharing research data. A guide to good practice. Sage, London.

Dillman, D.A., J.D. Smyth and L.M. Christian. 2014. Internet, phone, mail, and mixed-mode surveys: the tailored design method (4th ed.). Wiley, Hoboken, NJ.

Ekinci, Y. 2015. Designing research questionnaires for business and management students. Sage, Thousand Oakes, CA.

Engel, U., B. Jann, P. Lynn, A. Scherpenzeel and P. Sturgis. (Eds.). 2014 Improving survey methods: lessons from recent research. Routledge, New York.

Gobo, G. and S. Mauceri. 2014. Constructing survey data. An interactional approach. Sage, London.

Harris, D.F. 2014. The complete guide to writing questionnaires: how to get better information for better decisions. I&M Press, Durham, NC.

Johnson, T.P. (Ed.). 2015. Handbook of health survey methods. Wiley, Hoboken, NJ.

Kapiszewski, D., L.M. MacLean and B.L. Read. 2015. Field research in political science: practices and principles. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, MA.

Lavrakas, P.J. and M.R. Roller. 2015. Applied qualitative research design: a total quality framework approach. Guilford Press, New York.

Levenson, A. 2014. Employee surveys that work: improving design, use, and organizational impact. Berrett-Koehler, San Francisco.

Miller, K., V. Chepp, S. Willson and J.L. Padilla. (Eds.). 2014. Cognitive interviewing methodology. Wiley, Hoboken, NJ.

Poynter, R., J.L. Williams and S. York. 2014. The handbook of mobile market research: tools and techniques for market researchers. Wiley, Chichester, UK.

Rea, L.M. and R.A. Parker. 2014. Designing and conducting survey research: a comprehensive guide (4th ed.). Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA.

Saris, W.E. and I.N. Gallhofer. 2014. Design, evaluation, and analysis of questionnaires for survey research (2nd ed.). Wiley, Hoboken, NJ.

Tourangeau, R., B. Edwards, T.P. Johnson, K.M. Wolter and N. Bates. (Eds.). 2014. Hard-to-survey populations. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, MA.

Willis, G.B. 2015. Analysis of the cognitive interview in questionnaire design. Oxford University Press, Cambridge.

Survey Statistics Books

Auspurg, K. and T. Hinz. 2015. Factorial survey experiments. Sage, Los Angeles.

Blair, E. and J. Blair. 2015. Applied survey sampling. Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA.

Brown, T.A. 2014. Confirmatory factor analysis for applied research (2nd ed.). Guilford, New York.

Chapman, C.N. and E.M. Feit. 2015. R for marketing research and analytics. Springer, New York.

Chaudhuri, A. 2014. Modern survey sampling. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

Chaudhuri, A. 2014. Network and adaptive sampling. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

Corder, G.W. and D.I. Foreman. 2014. Nonparametric statistics: a step-by-step approach (2nd ed.). Wiley, Hoboken, NJ.

Govindaraju, V., V. Raghavan V. and C.R. Rao. (Eds.). 2015. Handbook of statistics. Big data analytics (Vol. 33). Elsevier, Amsterdam.

Guo, S.Y. and M.W. Fraser. 2014. Propensity score analysis: statistical methods and applications (2nd ed.). Sage, Los Angeles.

Gwet, K.L. 2014. Handbook of inter-rater reliability: the definitive guide to measuring the extent of agreement among raters (4th ed.). Advanced Analytics, LLC., Gaithersburg, MD.

Hayes, A.F. 2014. Introduction to mediation, moderation, and conditional process analysis. A regression-based approach. Guildford, New York.

Hoffman, L. 2014. Longitudinal analysis: modeling within-person fluctuation and change. Routledge, New York.

Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik, J.H.P. and U. Warner. 2014. Harmonising demographic and socio-economic variables for cross-national comparative survey research. Routledge, Dordrecht.

Imbens, G.W. and D.B. Rubin. 2015. Causal inference for statistics, social, and biomedical sciences: an introduction. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Kaplan, D. 2014. Bayesian statistics for the social sciences. Guilford, New York.

Kent, R.A. 2015. Analysing quantitative data: variable-based and case-based approaches to non-experimental datasets. Sage, London.

Kraemer, H.C. and C.M. Blasey. 2015. How many subjects?: Statistical power analysis in research (2nd ed.). Sage, Los Angeles.

Lecoutre, B. and J. Poitevineau. 2014. The significance test controversy revisited. Springer, Berlin.

Lester, P.E., D. Inman, and L.K. Bishop. 2014. Handbook of tests and measurement in education and the social sciences (3rd revised ed.). Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham.

Longhi, S. and A. Nandi. 2015. A practical guide to using panel data. Sage, Los Angeles.

McArdle, J.J. and J.R. Nesselroade. 2014. Longitudinal data analysis using structural equation models. American Psychological Association, Washington DC.

Mecatti, F., P.L. Conti and M.G. Ranalli. (Eds.). 2014. Contributions to sampling statistics. Springer, New York.

Molenberghs, G., G. Fitzmaurice, M.G. Kenward, A. Tsiatis and G. Verbeke. (Eds.). 2014. Handbook of missing data methodology. Chapman and Hall/CRC, Boca Raton, FL.

Morgan, S.L. (Ed.). 2014. Handbook of causal analysis for social research. Springer, Stuttgart.

Morgan, S.L. and C. Winship. (2015). Conterfactual and causal inference. Methods and principles for social research (2nd ed.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Nussbaum, E.M. 2014. Categorical and nonparametric data analysis: Choosing the best statistical technique. Routledge, New York.

Osborne, J.W. 2014. Best practices in logistic regression. Sage, Los Angeles.

Robins, G.L. 2015. Doing social network research: network-based research design for social scientists. Sage, London.

Schmidt, F.L. and J.E. Hunter. 2014. Methods of meta-analysis: correcting error and bias in research findings (3rd ed.). Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA.

Sutradhar, B.C. 2014. Longitudinal categorical data analysis. Springer, New York.

Tyldum, G., L. Johnston and L. Rodriguez. (Eds.). 2014. Applying respondent driven sampling to migrant populations: lessons from the field. Palgrave, New York.

VanderWeele, T. 2015. Explanation in causal inference: methods for mediation and interaction. Oxford University Press, New York.

Vicari, D., A. Okada, G. Ragozini and C. Weihs. (Eds.). 2014. Analysis and modeling of complex data in behavioral and social sciences. Springer, New York.

Vogt, W.P., E.R. Vogt, D.C. Gardner and L.M. Haeffele. 2014. Selecting the right analyses for your data: quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods. Guilford, New York.

Weller, N. and J. Barnes. 2014. Finding pathways: mixed-method research for studying causal mechanisms. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Zhedeck, S. (Ed.). 2014. APA Dictionary of statistics and research methods. American Psychological Association, Washington D.C.

Zumbo, B.D. and E.K.H. Chan. (Eds.). 2014. Validity and validation in social, behavioral, and health sciences. Springer, New York.

Big Data, Social Media, and Other Relevant Books

Bergstrom, J.R. and A. Schall. (Eds.). 2014. Eye tracking in user experience design. Morgan Kaufmann, Boston.

Blasius, J. and M. Greenacre. (Eds.). 2014. Visualization and verbalization of data. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

Finlay, S. 2014. Predictive analytics, data mining and big data: myths, misconceptions and methods. Palgrave Macmillan, New York.

Ishikawa, H. 2015. Social big data mining. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

Kawash, J. (Ed.). 2015. Online social media analysis and visualization. Springer, New York.

Miller, J.E. 2015. The Chicago guide to writing about numbers. (2nd ed.). University of Chicago Press, Chicago, London.

Strong, C. 2015. Humanizing big data. Marketing at the meeting of data, social science and consumer insight. Kogan Page, London.

Swires-Hennessy, E. 2014. Presenting data: how to communicate your message effectively. Wiley, Chichester, UK.

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