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Explore how the Cline Center and its affiliates are pursuing our shared vision through research, education, collaboration, and outreach.

The Origins of Destabilizing Events

Destabilizing events such as those captured by SPEED's Societal Stability Protocol (SSP) - protests, politically motivated attacks, disruptive state acts, mass movements of people, irregular transfers of political power - do not happen in a vacuum. Rather, most are rooted in something.…

Presidential Campaigns and Presidential Accountability (Democracy, Free Enterprise, and the Rule)

In investigating the presidential campaigns and early administrations of Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton, Presidential Campaigns and Presidential Accountability shows how campaign promises are realized in government once the victor is established in the Oval Office. To…

Collective Preferences in Democratic Politics: Opinions Surveys and the Will of the People

Scott Athaus

Cambridge University Press, 2003

The Quality and Reliability of Data Generated by SPEED's Societal Stability Protocol: Mechanisms and Tests

Extracting information from global news reports in the post WWII era makes it possible to capitalize on the billions of dollars that have been invested in reporting on newsworthy events during that timeframe. It also offers unprecedented opportunities to improve our understanding of important…

Gauging Cross-national Differences in Educational Attainment: A 60 Year Look at Global Educational Trends

Educational attainment is both a driver of developmental processes and a key indicator of human development. Yet cross-national data on educational attainment for the post WWII era is spotty, despite significant efforts by the UN and several highly respected academic teams to compile it.…

Transforming Textual Information on Events into Event Data within SPEED

Creating a valid and reliable body of event data requires meeting a number of challenges (clearly defining the events to be studied, developing reliable sources of information on those events, identifying source documents with relevant information, etc.). The fact that most event data projects,…

Collective Preferences in Democratic Politics: Opinion Surveys and the Will of the People

Since so few people appear knowledgeable about public affairs, one might question whether collective policy preferences revealed in opinion surveys accurately convey the distribution of voices and interests in a society. Scott Althaus' comprehensive analysis of the relationship between knowledge…