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Key concepts




Before class


Required readings

  1. Gerring, J. (1999). What Makes a Concept Good? A Criterial Framework for Understanding Concept Formation in the Social Sciences. Polity, 31(3), 357–393. https://doi.org/10.2307/3235246
  2. Shoemaker, P. J., Tankard, J. W., & Lasorsa, D. L. (2003). Theoretical Concepts: The Building Blocks of Theory. In How to Build Social Science Theories (pp. 15–36). SAGE Publications.
  3. Ruane, J. M. (2016). Measure by Measure: Developing Measures—Making the Abstract Concrete. In Introducing Social Research Methods: Essentials for Getting the Edge (pp. 93–116). John Wiley & Sons Inc.
  4. Meier, K. J., Brudney, J. L., & Bohte, J. (2014). Measurement. In Applied Statistics for Public and Nonprofit Administration.
  5. Ruane, J. M. (2016). All That Glitters Is Not Gold: Assessing the Validity and Reliability of Measures. In Introducing Social Research Methods: Essentials for Getting the Edge (pp. 117–138). John Wiley & Sons Inc.

In class


  • Lecture on key concepts and frameworks.
  • Group discussion on replication studies.

After class


Plagiarisms test (5 pts) due this Friday.