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Replication, Replication

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 September 2013

Gary King*
Harvard University


Political science is a community enterprise; the community of empirical political scientists needs access to the body of data necessary to replicate existing studies to understand, evaluate, and especially build on this work. Unfortunately, the norms we have in place now do not encourage, or in some cases even permit, this aim. Following are suggestions that would facilitate replication and are easy to implement—by teachers, students, dissertation writers, graduate programs, authors, reviewers, funding agencies, and journal and book editors.

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Copyright © The American Political Science Association 1995

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This paper has benefited immeasurably from innumerable conversations I have had with many groups and individuals. For many helpful comments on previous versions of this paper, I am especially grateful to Jim Alt, Neal Beck, Robert X. Browning, John Dilulio, John Green, Matthew Holden, Gary Klass, David Laitin, Malcolm Litchfield, Ken Meier, Jonathan Nagler, Bob Putnam, Richard Rockwell, Phil Schrodt, and Sid Verba. I also thank the National Science Foundation for grants SBR-9321212 and SBR-9223637, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for a fellowship.


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