Event History Methods

  • Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier
  • Anand E. Sokhey
Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Researchers are often interested in more than just the occurrence or non-occurrence of a political events; often the timing of events is of equal substantive importance, whether it is the dissolution of a government's cabinet (e.g., King et al. 1990; Warwick 1992; Diermeier and Stevenson 1999), the presence of international military disputes (Jones et al. 1996; Werner 2000; King and Zeng 2001), contributions by political action committees (Box-Steffensmeier et al. 2005), or as we will examine in this paper, when a voter makes up his/her mind in an election campaign. Examining when an event occurs provides additional information and may lead to new insights into the event and process under study. Event history — or survival analysis — is the tool of choice when political scientists find that the answer to “why” necessitates an answer to “when.”


Ordinary Little Square Hazard Rate Event History Baseline Hazard Proportional Hazard Assumption 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier
    • 1
  • Anand E. Sokhey
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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