The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship

‌ Elliot Posner

The research, carried out by Associate Professor of Political Science Elliot Posner and Nicolas Véron (Bruegel and the Peterson Institute for International Economics), addresses core scholarly and public policy questions about the European Union’s role in international affairs.  Is Europe a good internationalist supporting cooperation, human rights and good governance, or is it like any other giant polity that pursues such goals to the extent that they correspond to narrow “national” interests?  Because the EU is the world’s largest market, the answer to this question has enormous implications for the future of global financial regulation – a domain that the 2008 financial crisis taught us can affect everyone from Goldman Sachs bankers to average working families.  The fellowship will enable Posner and an undergraduate research assistant to transfer the existing dataset into an appropriate digital platform that will make it easier to adhere to fast-changing new standards in political science for organizing, disseminating and storing qualitative data.  In addition, Posner and a graduate research assistant will use the fellowship to improve the project's current textual analysis.  Using more sophisticated techniques for analyzing big data will make it possible to evaluate hypotheses and replicate and advance existing studies.

Dr. Posner's 2017 presentation, Muddling Through Technology-Related Challenges in Qualitative Social Scientific Research, discussed the technology-related challenges that he and his co-author, Nicolas Véron, encountered in conducting research and writing an article about European Union financial regulatory internationalism. The presentation it focused on 1) problems connected with the organization and presentation of qualitative data, 2) more demanding research transparency requirements in the social sciences, 3) issues surrounding corporate news aggregators, and 4) complications vis-à-vis the use of big data.

  • Freedman Fellows 2011 Announced
  • Freedman Fellows Program 2011
  • Freedman Center Fellow Program 2010
  • Freedman Fellows 2009 Announced

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