1. Identify the theory. Simply state what the theory is that is guiding the research.
2. Define the theory. For example, “According to Webster’s dictionary ‘conflict is defined as…’
3. Show the correlation between the theory and the research. Why is the proposed theory relevant to the particular phenomenon being studied
Theoretical Framework & Methods
All empirical work is supported by a theory. Students must align a theory (theories) to their
research and clearly articulate how and why the research question is supported by the selected
theory(ies). A brief description of the theory (and author) should be discussed prior to infusing
the theory into the research question(s). While, multiple theories may be utilized, there must be
one overarching theory to support the student’s premise. Note: the selected theory may come
from a different discipline than political science.
– it will be 2 pages