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Judgment and Measurement in Political Science

  • Andreas Schedler (a1)
Abstract

Standard methodological advice in political science warns against the distortion of measurement decisions by judgmental elements. Judgment is subjective, common wisdom asserts, it produces opaque, biased, and unreliable data. This article, by contrast, argues that judgment is a critical intersubjective ingredient of political measurement that needs to be acknowledged and rationalized, rather than exorcised.

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Perspectives on Politics
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  • EISSN: 1541-0986
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