[Air-l] IT and political science research

Rowin Cross rowin.cross at strath.ac.uk
Wed Jul 16 06:00:07 PDT 2003

You should be able to find some useful information and resources (generally
from a UK perspective, however) on the Politics subsection of the Learning
and Teaching Support Network's Sociology, Anthropology and Politics subject
centre at http://www.c-sap.bham.ac.uk/politics.htm.

Best wishes
  -----Original Message-----
  From: air-l-admin at aoir.org [mailto:air-l-admin at aoir.org]On Behalf Of
Kenneth Cousins
  Sent: 16 July 2003 13:41
  To: air-l at aoir.org
  Subject: [Air-l] IT and political science research

  Hello, all.  I am hoping the community here may be able to help me
understand the extent to which information technologies (IT) are being used
in Political Science research and teaching.  My colleagues rarely use
computers for anything other than word processing or statistical analysis;
by documenting the breadth of IT-usage in research and teaching, I hope to
begin persuading some of them to be more creative with these technologies.

  With this in mind, I am seeking citations to published research which
presents a new, IT-based approach, along the following (or additional) modes
of inquiry or analysis:

  * Surveying (e.g., dynamic or internet-based)
  * Interviewing (e.g., digital recording, e-mail)
  * Focus-groups (e.g., instant messaging, "chat rooms")
  * Internet media (e.g., usenets, weblogs, websites)
  * Traditional media (distributed electronically)
  * Process tracing, cognitive mapping
  * Experiments / simulations
  * Socio-economic mapping (e.g., GIS, GAP analysis)
  * Content / textual analysis (e.g., lexical, syntactic, semantic)
  * Code and retrieve
  * Boolean analysis (i.e., discrete or fuzzy-set)
  * Theory-building (mapping relationships via hyperlinks, Forester

  Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.  I am willing to provide a
compiled bibliography to interested parties.


  Ken Cousins
  Harrison Program on the Future Global Agenda
  Department of Government and Politics
  University of Maryland, College Park
  T: (301) 405-4133
  C:  (301) 758-4490
  F:  (301) 314-7619
  kcousins at gvpt.umd.edu

  "The important thing is not to stop questioning.
  Curiosity has its own reason for existing."
         Albert Einstein
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