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Profiler Plus: A Methodological Tool To Construct Leadership Profiles

A panel devoted to Profiler Plus at the International Studies Association's 56th Annual Convention, February 18th-21st, 2015, New Orleans, Louisiana. Each paper on this panel uses the program Profiler Plus to do an automated at-a-distance content analysis to construct leadership profiles. The Profiler Plus platform, often used with Leadership Trait Analysis (LTA) offers an excellent addition to the toolbox of the study of political leaders specifically, and other areas of study (such as foreign policy analysis or comparative politics) more generally. In conjunction with other methods, such as in-depth case studies, comparative projects, or structured-focused-comparisons, using a automated content analysis to study leaders has the potential to add to the validity and generalizability of many projects. The papers in this panel showcase the breath of applicability of this method, ranging from a focus on a specific geographical area (Eastern Europe and former Soviet republics), certain categories of leaders (RWA, Special Representatives of the UN Secretary-General), a specific leader (Putin), to a large n comparative study across 89 countries.
18 Feb 2015 - 21 Feb 2015