Gutiérrez Sanín, Francisco and González Peña, Andrea (2009) Force and ambiguity: evaluating sources for cross-national research – the case of military interventions. Crisis States Research Centre working papers series 2, 50. Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.
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This paper discusses the analytical problems associated with the increasing use of numerical databases in quantitative cross-national research. The authors highlight the need for a better understanding of the way these databases are constructed and their inherent ambiguities and they examine the existing critical literature. The paper makes a case study of data on military interventions and analyses the problems of classification that the authors identified in several well-known databases. The paper concludes that more attention should be given to modelling uncertainty rather than attempting to achieve clear-cut precision.
|Item Type:||Monograph (Working Paper)|
|Additional Information:||© 2009 F. Gutierrez Sanin and A. Gonzalez Pena|
|Library of Congress subject classification:||J Political Science > JZ International relations
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
|Sets:||Research centres and groups > Crisis States Research Centre
Departments > International Development
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