Rival Strategies of Validation Tools for Evaluating Measures of Democracy

@inproceedings{Seawright2014RivalSO,
  title={Rival Strategies of Validation Tools for Evaluating Measures of Democracy},
  author={Jason Woodland Seawright and David Collier},
  year={2014}
}
The challenge of finding appropriate tools for measurement validation is an abiding concern in political science. This article considers four traditions of validation, using examples from cross-national research on democracy: the levels-of-measurement approach, structural-equation modeling with latent variables, the pragmatic tradition, and the case-based method. Methodologists have sharply disputed the merits of alternative traditions. We encourage scholars—and certainly analysts of democracy… CONTINUE READING

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