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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

Big Data in Social Sciences
Big data in social sciences
Uwe Wagschal Felix Ettensperger
Definition of Big Data

The application of big data in social and political sciences is still in its infancy. However, big data analysis is no longer something fancy, but has reached all social science disciplines. In fact, the core idea of big data is not new: scientists, researchers and operators have always been interested in more and better data. Despite the fact that governments, social media and private digital data companies have begun to produce huge amounts of accessible data, interpretation and analysis of these data streams still constitutes a technical and functional challenge. And even in the neighboring fields of economics, econometrics and ...

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