Bridging the divide

Riccardo Pelizzo, Zim Nwokora

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Abstract

Party systems research has proceeded along two parallel lines of inquiry, one predominantly “qualitative” and the other “quantitative.” This article attempts to bridge this divide in two ways. First, by showing that qualitative information can be valuable in the construction of quantitative measures. Second, by showing that the results from applying theoretically- sensitive measurement tools can be useful for qualitative classification. These analyses are performed using an original
dataset of party system changes in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPolitics and Policy
Volume44
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016

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    Pelizzo, R., & Nwokora, Z. (2016). Bridging the divide. Politics and Policy, 44(6).