In Defense of DW-NOMINATE

TitleIn Defense of DW-NOMINATE
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsMcCarty N
JournalStudies in American political development
Pagination - 184
Date PublishedOctober 2016
ISBN Number0898-588X, 0898-588X
KeywordsData analysis, History, Politics, Voting behaviour
AbstractSeveral of the articles in this volume criticize the use of DW-NOMINATE in historical work in American politics and suggest alternative approaches to the use of roll call voting data. While many of criticisms are certainly valid, their practical implications are often overstated. Moreover, the suggested alternatives are either impractical for most historically oriented scholars and or do not adequately address the underlying problems. Almost all of the criticisms can be addressed by correct application of DW-NOMINATE results or those of other closely related measures. Reprinted by permission of Cambridge University Press. An electronic version of this article can be accessed via the internet at