Measuring mass political preferences and
assessing quality of representation often depends on the measurement
of individual preferences and making credible interpersonal
comparisons. Using non-parametric methods with and without anchoring
objects, I have demonstrated improvements in measuring political
ideology and voting behavior, conceptions of citizenship and
immigration policy positions, and self-perceived political efficacy.
My non-parametric scaling of ideology better predicts voting than the
raw score or alternative measures, and can be seen as a non-parametric
version of the Aldrich-McKelvey scaling results.
Wand, Jonathan. (2012) Credible Comparisons Using Interpersonally Incomparable Data.
American Journal of Political Science.
Wright, Matthew, Jack Citrin, and
Jonathan Wand. (2012)
Alternative Measures of American National Identity: Implications for the Civic-Ethnic Distinction.
Wand, Jonathan, Gary King, and Olivia Lau. (2011). Anchors: Software for Anchoring
Vignettes. Journal of Statistical Software. 42(3):1-25.
King, Gary and Jonathan Wand. (2007).
Comparing Incomparable Survey Responses: New
Tools for Anchoring Vignettes Political Analysis. Vol 15:1 (Winter),
Wand, Jonathan and G. King. (2007)
Anchoring Vignettes in R: A (different kind of) Vignette.
Data + Software
anchors (R library at CRAN)