The SAGE Handbook of Research Methods in Political Science and International Relations offers a comprehensive overview of research processes in social science - from the ideation and design of research projects, through the construction of theoretical arguments, to conceptualization, measurement, and data collection, and quantitative and qualitative empirical analysis - exposited through 65 major new contributions from leading international methodologists. Each chapter surveys, builds upon, and extends the modern state of the art in its area. Following through its six-part organization, undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and practicing academics will be guided through the design, methods, and analysis of issues in Political Science and International Relations: Part One: Formulating Good Research Questions and Designing Good Research Projects; Part Two: Methods of Theoretical Argumentation; Part Three: Conceptualization and Measurement; Part Four: Large-Scale Data Collection and Representation Methods; Part Five: Quantitative-Empirical Methods; Part Six: Qualitative and Mixed Methods.
Chapter 23: How to Use Social Media Data for Political Science Research
How to Use Social Media Data for Political Science Research
Citizens across the globe spend an increasing proportion of their daily lives on social media websites, such as Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Their activities on the sites generate granular, time-stamped footprints of human behavior and personal interactions, sometimes with longitude and latitude coordinates. A sizable proportion of these digital traces have to do with politics – social media is an increasingly popular source of political news, as well as a forum for political debates on which virtually every political candidate running for office is now present.
The data generated from these interactions is in many cases freely available for research purposes and provides a depth and breadth that was unimaginable even one ...