DISC Lecture Series: Meaning and Measurement: Conceptualizing Imperfect Democracy by Gary Goertz

Date: 
October 8, 2010 - 13:30 - 15:15
Building: 
Nador u. 9, Monument Building
Room: 
Gellner Room
Event type: 
Event audience: 
Presenter(s): 
prof. Gary Goertz
CEU organizer(s): 
Carsten Q. Schneider
DISC Lecture Series: Meaning and Measurement: Conceptualizing Imperfect Democracy by Gary Goertz

Gary Goertz teaches political science at the University of Arizona. He is the author or co-author of seven books and over 40 articles on issues of international politics, methodology, and conflict studies. His current interests include conflict management and conflict resolution, for which he and Paul Diehl have received a National Science Foundation grant. Other research interests are focused on the theory of international institutions and norms for which he has also received an NSF grant and published a book "International norms and decision making: a punctuated equilibrium model."

Having been trained as a statistician before his PhD in political science, he has an active and ongoing involvement with methodological issues. His most recent methodological work deals with the construction of
concepts "Social Science Concepts: A User's Guide" (2006 Princeton University Press) and "Politics, Gender, and Concepts: Theory and Methodology" (2008 Cambridge University Press).