by J. Craig Jenkins, Kazimierz M. Slomczynski, and Joshua Kjerulf Dubrow
An upsurge in popularity is not necessarily a revolution.
The wealth of quantitative data—including data from cross-national survey projects, official governmental and nongovernmental organization (NGO) statistics, newspapers and electronic newswires, and a variety of Internet-based websites, blogs, and social media sites—has generated a large and growing empirically based literature on political behavior.
Yet, social scientists have only begun to use this wealth to its fullest capacity, as advances in computing infrastructures, methods, and Internet communication technologies create new opportunities for developing and integrating diverse types of information into social science data. Social science faces the challenge of “big data,” a new era of the quantification and analysis of political behavior on an unprecedented scope and scale.
Will it rise to this challenge?
We guest edited a special issue of the International Journal of Sociology addresses recent uses of “big data,” its multiple meanings, and the potential that this may have in building a stronger understanding of political behavior. In our introduction, “Political Behavior and Big Data,” we address recent uses of “big data,” its multiple meanings, and the potential that this may have in building a stronger understanding of political behavior.
Welcome to the website for the project “Democratic Values and Protest Behavior: Data Harmonization, Measurement Comparability, and Multi-Level Modeling in Cross-National Perspective”.
This project is a joint endeavour of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, and the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, The Ohio State University, and is financed by the Polish National Science Centre in the framework of the Harmonia grant competition (2012/06/M/HS6/00322).
In this website you can find out more about the project and the data, as well as the conferences and workshops. Visit links for information on cross-national research and related topics.
The Harmonization Project is part of CONSIRT Labs (Cross-national Studies: Interdisciplinary Research and Training program, of OSU and PAN). See this website for a list of members of CONSIRT Lab: Methodology of Survey Data Harmonization and selected resources.