Assignment #2- Measurement
Worth 30%, due November 26 (at the beginning of class)
This assignment asks students to choose one of two sets of articles to read. Each set of articles
taps a prominent concept in political science (social capital and environmental concern). The
objective is to evaluate how the authors conceive, develop, measure and present the concept at
hand. The assignment should address the following:
1. A brief discussion of the concept under investigation
a. Is there a clear consensus on what the measurement and dimensionality of the
concept is in the literature?
2. Discuss how each article conceives of the concept
a. From a face validity perspective, how well do the articles measure the concept?
i. Do they seem to tap the key notion of the concept as developed in the
1. Do they include extraneous elements? Do they omit key
ii. How similar are the measures across articles? Are they really measuring
the full concept? Are they simply giving different names to similar
dimensions? Does the conceptual development