Type
Part or chapter of a book
Title
Classifying, Ordering, Quantifying
In
Resources and Applied Methods in International Relations
Author(s)
DIECKHOFF Miléna - Centre de recherches internationales (Author)
MARTIN Benoit - Centre de recherches internationales (Author)
TENENBAUM Charles - Institut d'études politiques [IEP] - Lille (Author)
DEVIN Guillaume - (Publishing director)
Editor
Palgrave Macmillan
Pages
167 - 182 p.
ISBN
9783319619781
Keywords
international relations, research, data, methodology, representation
Abstract
EN
Data is useful for classifying, ordering and quantifying international phenomena. The practical dimension of representing reality through figures and the power of objectification of data explain why databases are numerous and data is often used in international relations research. However, one cannot use figures rigorously without also embracing a qualitative approach to data, taking into account the way data is constructed. Knowing who has put together the data, how and for what purpose is an essential prerequisite for all research. Attention to the definitions chosen and the methodologies employed is crucial, as illustrated through the focus on databases and composite indicators dealing with conflict and peace. More generally, this chapter demonstrates the value of a critical "de-constructivist" stance toward data.

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