Title
Data usage in quantitative comparative politics Data usage in quantitative comparative politics
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Salt Lake City, Utah ,
Subject
Politics
Source (journal)
Political research quarterly. - Salt Lake City, Utah
Volume/pages
63(2010) :2 , p. 417-433
ISSN
1065-9129
ISI
000278111600015
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
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Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
The quantitative study of comparative politics is often described as a data-driven enterprise. Employing an original dataset of comparative politics articles published in leading academic journals between 1989 and 2007, this article offers the first empirical analysis of data usage in comparative research. Tracing potential biases induced by data dependence, it assesses the structure of quantitative comparative research (by year, research design, geographic focus, and subject area), the use of country-specific and region-specific datasets, the introduction of original data, and the degree of concentration in data usage. Its empirical findings question cherished assumptions about the structure of the discipline.
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