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The Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation$
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Wolfgang Merkel, Raj Kollmorgen, and Hans-Jürgen Wagener

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198829911

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198829911.001.0001

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Quantitative Methods in Transformation Research

Quantitative Methods in Transformation Research

(p.191) Chapter 19 Quantitative Methods in Transformation Research
The Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation

Gert Pickel

Susanne Pickel

Oxford University Press

Quantitative methods used in research on transformation are based on categorizations and translation of information into figures. We can distinguish analyses of basic statistical data and survey data, which use representative samples to characterize populations. Quantitative macro analyses of measures of democracy, and analyses of quantitative micro data of political attitudes, provide the most important findings for transformation research. For future research, it is desirable to expand existing time series (providing macro and micro quantitative data), and to analyse interdependencies (in a chronologically comparative perspective, too). A convergence of approaches that are influenced by area research and macro approaches would also be useful. An increase in use of multilevel analyses and multi-method designs may support this development. It would also highlight the capacity of the field and cases covered by transformation research—namely, the greater variance of outputs and outcomes within transformation countries compared to the variance within Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries.

Keywords:   transformation, quantitative methods, comparative analysis, democracy, data

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