What Counts as Evidence? Panel Data and the Empirical Evaluation of Revised Modernization Theory.
By Sirianne Dahlum and Carl Henrik Knutsen
In this rejoinder, Dahlum and Knutsen respond to the criticisms by Welzel, Inglehart and Kruse on the use of panel data models in Dahlum and Knutsen’s BJPS article “Democracy by Demand? Reinvestigating the effect of self-expression values on political regime type” for testing Revised Modernization Theory. Dahlum and Knutsen maintain that their original evidence and criticism are highly relevant for questioning Revised Modernization Theory on empirical grounds. The authors, for example, show that Welzel et al.’s specific simulation exercise is less pertinent than claimed, and that Welzel et al’s test on extended data material actually corroborate the points made in Dahlum and Knutsen’s original article.
Read the response in the British Journal of Political Science.