“Ivan S., rapist, soon to be Swiss” or when male migrants are pictured as a sexual danger

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Migration, sexual violence and political parties A few years ago, streets in Switzerland were plastered with a poster displaying Ivan — a bulky male migrant convicted of rape — as being on the verge of obtaining Swiss citizenship. The people behind this widely debated poster were mostly from the Swiss ...

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Double Effort for Ethnic Minorities to Get Job Interviews

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Yet another rejection: Aygül Muhiddin finds it frustratingly hard to get a job. If she could only be invited for a job interview so that they can learn how committed and hard-working she is! Aygül Muhiddin has a suspicion that she is discriminated against because of her name; after all, ...

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On the Difficulty of Forecasting “Winners” in Parliamentary Elections

Photo Credits: UK Parliament / Jessica Taylor

Nate Silver is a statistician, writer, and the founder and editor-in-chief of the well-known blog FiveThirtyEight, who rose to fame in the political area through his incredibly accurate data-driven predictions of U.S. Presidential election results. Before the 2012 U.S. Presidential election Mr. Silver correctly predicted the outcomes in all 50 ...

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The State and Future of Political Methodology

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A few weeks ago in the British Academy, the Political Methodology Group of the Political Studies Association was launched with a one-day conference showcasing quantitative work in political science in the UK. Qualitative and Quantitative There have been various initiatives from various quarters focused on improving the quality of quantitative methods ...

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IS MORE DELIBERATION ABOUT DA-RT REALLY SO GOOD?

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The controversy within American political science about DA-RT—an initiative claiming to remedy a deficiency in the accessibility and transparency of data analysis—continues apace. Well over 20 journals have committed themselves to codifying new requirements for article submissions, in a statement now known as JETS (Journal Editors Transparency Statement). A small ...

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