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A Paradigm Shift for Political Science? Discussing Big Data Epistemology and its Implication for Political Studies

Political Methodology
Internet
Methods
Social Media
P004
Alice Mattoni
Università di Bologna
Alice Mattoni
Università di Bologna
Elena Pavan
Università degli Studi di Trento

Thursday 09:00 - 10:40 (07/09/2017)

Building: BL11 Harriet Holters hus Floor: 3 Room: HH 301

Abstract

Recent events, such as the last USA Presidential elections, have clearly shown the potentials and, perhaps, even to a larger extent, the criticalities of predictive analytical practices in the study of political dynamics. The time seems more than ripe to begin re-addressing the methodological practices that underpin our understanding of sociopolitical dynamics – in particular in relation to our extensive use of large-scale digital and textual datasets which are deemed to be “representative” of citizens’ political preferences, desires, and priorities. Consistently, this panel invites papers that address, theoretically or empirically, the potentialities and the criticalities of Big Data as a new epistemological practice for producing valid and socially relevant scientific knowledge in the field of political science.

Title Details
Measurement Error in Issue Salience: The Potential of Google Trends Data View Paper Details
Validity as a Challenge to Mainstream Computational Methods View Paper Details
Epistemologies in Practice: A Review of the Uses of Big Data in the Political and Social Sciences View Paper Details
Information, Communication, Digitization, and Datafication: Four Analytical Stages in Researching Social Movements and Media View Paper Details