Methods and data
The World of Political Science (WPS) surveys of the profession have been designed to gather information about the discipline as described in the previous section and provide the broadest geographic scope for any previous equivalent study in the discipline.
We will repeat the survey on a regular basis every few years to monitor developments since the original 2019 baseline survey while adding rotating thematic batteries on topical issues of widespread concern to the profession.
WPS-2019: Sample and response rate
For the WPS-2019 survey, 2,446 responses were collected overall, including from respondents who were studying or working in 102 countries and eight global regions, including North America (the US and Canada), Western, Northern, Southern and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia-Pacific and continental Africa. Unfortunately, too few data points limit reliable analysis of the profession in the Middle East and North Africa, where political science departments are also least likely to be well developed.
The dataset also allows analysis of national samples in several countries with many participants, such as in Italy (79), Australia (70), Russia (73), Canada (78), the Netherlands (87), Nigeria (116), the UK (238), Germany (246), and the United States (281).
The WPS-2019 questionnaire can be downloaded in PDF format here.