Tag: Political science

Visualizing the Collapsing Eurozone

This isn’t narrowly about political science or “governance” which are key themes of this blog, but it is about the broader political economy. It’s also about the Eurozone which in part, because it generated articles and blogs with headlines like “Greece’s new technocrats must win legitimacy,” “We are all technocrats now” and “It’s a bird! It’s a plane!…It’s Technocratic Government!” served as inspiration for this blog’s title. But most importantly it’s about visualization, its goals, its methods, and its effects, which is something I hope to spend a lot more time learning how to do in the next few years.

So check out The New York Times‘ visualization of the complicated Eurozone crisis (print version below; nice interactive version at the NYTimes website)

Then check out the BBC’s very savvy circular model which I adore.

Then check out the comments at The Why Axis where I ran across both vizs.

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Blog Generics

I hadn’t actually planned on launching Hightechnocracy as soon as I did, but when the need for a blog that combined two disparate blogging worlds I followed presented itself, I felt I couldn’t wait. But that has led to what can only be called an ironic cluster of failures. For a blog that wants to showcase exactly what changes technology is wreaking in the political science world, the theme I’ve chose has a series of horrible shortcoming that I don’t know how to address….yet. I’ll either figure it out when I have some free time (*snicker) or I will have to change themes (likely).

I also haven’t had time to explain exactly what the goal of this blog is and I haven’t posted anything like what I expect the meat of the blog will consist of. So at this early stage, it’s probably hard to tell just yet what my “point” is. That will come, implicitly over time, and explicitly in an About page in the next few days.

I should also quickly note, until I can find time to write about it, that the banner is from the excellent work of Daniel Maliniak at the University of California, San Diego and Ryan M. Powers at the University of Wisconsin, Madison visualizing the International Relations academic universe. You can go to their website to see it for yourself and read about what they’ve done.

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