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

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Panel Number
P004
Panel Chair
Alice Mattoni
Scuola Normale Superiore
Panel Discussants
Alice Mattoni
Scuola Normale Superiore
Elena Pavan
Scuola Normale Superiore
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Time
07/09/2017 09:00
Location
Building: BL11 Harriet Holters hus 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.

Paper List


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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
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
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