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Measuring Social and Political Phenotypes

Biology and Politics

ISBN: 978-0-85724-579-3, eISBN: 978-0-85724-580-9

ISSN: 2042-9940

Publication date: 25 March 2011


Measurement is probably the most classical empirical process independent of time period or area of study. The title of this chapter suggests that a discussion of how to measure when approaching the borders of social and natural sciences is what follows, but this is somewhat misleading. Good measurement is independent of how the measures are used. Measures smothered with error, on the contrary, will be bad measures.


Littvay, L. (2011), "Measuring Social and Political Phenotypes", Peterson, S.A. and Somit, A. (Ed.) Biology and Politics (Research in Biopolitics, Vol. 9), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 97-114.



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