27 June 2014
Accountability and Violence
This course focuses on the question of how theoretical research and empirical research productively interact in the social sciences. Three points are emphasized. First, this interaction occurs most fruitfully over the course of a research agenda, not within a paper. Second, there is no single prescription for such productive interactions. Rather, there is a rich set of ways in which theoretical and empirical work interact—the “varieties of EITM”—and we will study examples of several of them. Third, theoretical claims in the social science are almost always of the “all else equal” sort and, hence, research design is the primary challenge for theoretically informed empirical work. We explore these topics with reference to two research agendas: electoral accountability and political violence.
Ethan Bueno de Mesquita (Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago)
EITM Europe has become the summer institute with the largest worldwide network among young academics interested in the highest standard of scholarly research in Europe. EITM is training a new generation of political scientists and political economists, who are interested in integrating theoretical and empirical research to advance our understanding in politics.
GBP 1100: fee covers complete program (refresher, foundations, advanced class)