C&M Panels at APSA 2014

C&M is co-sponsoring (with Qualitative Methods) the following two two panels at APSA. Unfortunately they are both scheduled for the same time: Thursday, September 2nd, at 2:00 PM.

22.58 CHALLENGES OF CONCEPT-FORMATION AND MEASUREMENT

Thu 2:00 pm
Room: Hilton, Sutter Room

Chair and Discussant: Svend-Erik Skaaning, Aarhus University

Papers:

The Consequences of Ignoring Kind-Differences When Measuring Concepts

Derek Beach, University of Aarhus

 

Analyzing National Meta-Narratives: The Cases of Egypt, Syria and Iraq

Yael Rivka Kaplan, Hebrew University

Shaul Rafael Shenhav, Hebrew University of Jeruselem

 

Clarifying Multi-level Governance

Pier Domenico Tortola, University of Milan

 

 

22.59 VARIETIES OF DESCRIPTION IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
Thu 2:00 pm Room: Hilton, Union Square 5 & 6

 

Session description:

In social science methodology, description is the poor cousin of hypothesis testing. “Mere” description is widely viewed as a necessary but unexciting, pre-methodological step on the road to generating testable hypothesis. This panel brings together contributions that challenge this mischaracterization of description. The papers present the surprisingly wide range of descriptive inferences techniques used across political science and thereby challenge the widely held notion that the description is the exclusive purvey of qualitative scholars. Furthermore, the contrast of qualitative and quantitative forms of description also will bring into conversation how these different approaches handle the challenge of making sound descriptive inferences and what criteria they employ to evaluate such inferences. The goal is to show that description is neither merely qualitatively, nor that it is a merely a pre-methodological craft. Description instead is an element of social science analysis that rests on methodological foundations that should be just as explicit and sound as those used for causal inference.

 

Chair: Vivekinan Ashok

Discussant: Jan Kubik, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

 

Papers:

What before Why: Taking Quantitative Descriptive Inference Seriously

Amelia Hoover Green, Drexel University

 

Sequence Analytic Techniques for Visualizing Discrete Patterns

Matthew Charles Wilson, West Virginia University

Philippe Blanchard, University of Warwick

 

Visual Inference for Comparative Research

Richard Traunmuller, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main

 

Measuring Social Capital at the Intersection of Individuals and Society

Vasabjit Banerjee, Mississippi State University

Carolyn Ethel Holmes, Indiana University, Bloomington

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