2003 EITM II Home

Application Process & Financial Support


Design of Instruction

Substantive Units to be Covered

1. Institutions, Bureaucratic Performance, & Political Behavior

2. Complex-systems, Agent-based, & Computational Models

3. Theoretical & Empirical Models in International Relations

Other Guest Lecturers

2003 EITM II Photos

Faculty Affiliates (2001-2004 EITM I-IV)


2002 EITM I Home (Harvard)

Contact: eitm@umich.edu Please direct further inquiries to the EITM coordinator (e-mail address above) at the Center for Political Studies of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.

Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models
 (15 June - 12 July , 2003)


The scientific study of politics requires empirical evaluation of theoretical models, but theories too often proliferate without adequate testing and empirical work too frequently applies sketchy and oversimplified theory. Recognizing that such gaps between theory and empirical method seriously impair scientific progress, the Political Science Program of the National Science Foundation is supporting four annual four-week summer institutes on Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (EITM) from 2002-2005 at Harvard, Michigan, Duke, and UC-Berkeley, respectively.

The EITM program seeks to train a new generation of scholars who can better link theory and empirical work. Each institute, conducted by a team of up to 15 research faculty, can accommodate up to 25 advanced graduate students and junior faculty. 

Funding to defray participants' costs of travel, accommodation, and subsistence is available. EITM institutes are selective, with admission based significantly on the quality and potential of research presented. Institute training includes teaching and research components, providing students a highly individualized interaction with a far wider and deeper array of mentors than is available at any individual institution.

The 2003 EITM II is co-hosted by the Center for Political Studies at the Institute of Social Research and the Department of Political Science, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and led by Robert Franzese. 

Other Hosts and Host Institutions:

The Center for Basic Research in the Social Sciences (CBRSS) of Harvard University hosted the first institute 24 June-19 July 2002, led by James Alt.

The Political Science Department at Duke University will host the 2004 EITM, led by John Aldrich.

The Survey Research Center, UC DATA (University of California Data Archive and Technical Assistance), and the Political Science Department at the University of California, Berkeley will host the 2005 EITM, led by Henry Brady.