ERIC Number: ED178405
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Manual for the Comparative Politics Laboratory: Conditions for Effective Democracy.
Fogelman, Edwin; Zingale, Nancy
This manual introduces undergraduate students in political science to major types of data and methods for cross-national quantitative analysis. The manual's topic, Conditions for Effective Democracy, was chosen because it incorporates several different kinds of data and illustrates various methodological problems. The data are cross-sectional aggregate data, longitudinal aggregate data, and cross-national attitudinal data taken from a five-nation study. The manual contains 10 exercises. The first four examine a series of journal articles about the social and economic conditions associated with successful democracy. Exercise five introduces longitudinal data from the Minnesota Political Data Archive for analyzing sequential relationships among political, social, and economic variables over extended periods of time. The remaining five exercises involve reanalysis of major research findings concerning the attitudinal characteristics of democratic systems. Students do not need previous training in statistics or methods. The only equipment needed to complete the exercises is a counter-sorter, although a calculator would also be helpful. Staff for the course will need a key punch and reproducer. (Author/AV)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Dept. of Political Science.
Note: For related documents, see SO 012 066-067, ED 026 628, and ED 040 890. Some Figures may not reproduce clearly in paper copy