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The Use of Positive Words in Political Science Language
University of Konstanz.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5866-3101
Univeristy of Konstanz.
2018 (English)In: PS, Political Science & Politics, ISSN 1049-0965, E-ISSN 1537-5935, Vol. 1, no 3, p. 625-628Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Political science takes pride in objective and methodologically rigorous research. This should be reflected in a clear and concise writing style that convinces readers by the content of the research, not by the language used to report about it. This article demonstrates that this is true but only to a limited extent. It shows that—similar to recent findings from natural-sciences research—the frequency of positive words that political scientists use to describe their research has increased markedly in recent decades. At the same time, however, the magnitude of this increase is much less pronounced. The article discusses and analyzes potential explanations for this trend. We suspect that it can be attributed at least partly to changing norms in the discipline, in which research framed in a positive way is more likely to be published.

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2018. Vol. 1, no 3, p. 625-628
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-334763DOI: 10.1017/S1049096518000124ISI: 000436084100023OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-334763DiVA, id: diva2:1160612
Available from: 2017-11-27 Created: 2017-11-27 Last updated: 2018-09-06Bibliographically approved

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