Mapping Policy Preferences from Texts: Statistical Solutions for Manifesto Analysts

Hardcover | December 28, 2013

EditorAndrea Volkens, Judith Bara, Ian Budge

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The Manifesto data are the only comprehensive set of policy indicators for social, economic and political research. It is thus vital that their quality is established. The purpose of this book is to review methodological issues that have got in the way of straightforwardly using the Manifestodata since our two preceding volumes were published and to resolve them in ways which best serve users and textual analysts in general. The book is thus generally about text-based quantitative analysis with a particular focus on the quality of the CMP-MARPOR data and ways of assessing and usingthem.In doing so the book goes beyond normal data documentation - essential though that is - to confront the analytic issues faced by users of the data now distributed by MARPOR. It also provides concrete strategies for tackling these at the research level, with examples from the field of politicalrepresentation. The problems of uncertainty, error, reliability and validity considered here are generic issues for political analysts in any area of research, so the book has an interest extending beyond the Manifesto estimates themselves - in particular to other textual analyses.In addition the book widens the range of applications introduced in our two previous volumes and discusses the extension of the manifesto project database to cover Latin America.

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The Manifesto data are the only comprehensive set of policy indicators for social, economic and political research. It is thus vital that their quality is established. The purpose of this book is to review methodological issues that have got in the way of straightforwardly using the Manifestodata since our two preceding volumes were pu...

The Manifesto Research Group (MRG) and its successors - the Comparative Manifesto Project (CMP) and Manifesto Research on Political Representation (MARPOR) - is an international project which has been collecting and analysing manifestos and platforms from over fifty post-war democracies for over forty years. It is now housed at the Wis...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:392 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:December 28, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ForewordPrefaceIntroduction: Characterising the Data Correctly in Order to Measure them AccuratelyPART I: VALIDATED, AUTHORITATIVE, INDISPENSIBLE: THE MANIFESTO ESTIMATES IN POLITICAL RESEARCH1. Ian Budge and Thomas Meyer: The Best Tools to Tackle the Job2. Robin E. Best: Using The Manifesto Estimates to Correct Systematic 'Centring' Error in Expert and Electoral Positioning of Parties3. Hans-Dieter Klingemann and Ian Budge: Using The Manifesto Estimates to Refine Party Family PlacementsPART II: VALIDITY GUARANTEES RELIABILITY: HIGH RELIABILITY LIMITS ERROR4. Ian Budge, Michael D. McDonald and Thomas Meyer: Validated Estimates versus Dodgy Adjustments: focusing excessively on Error Distorts Results5. Ian Budge and Thomas Meyer: Understanding and Validating the Right-Left Scale (RILE)6. Michael D. McDonald: Measuring Uncertainty and Error Directly From the End-EstimatesPART III: DELIVERING QUALITY DATA: COLLECTION, CODING, CONTROLS, COMMUNICATION7. Ian Budge: Linking Uncertainty Measures to Document Selection and Coding8. Nicolas Merz and Sven Regel: What are Manifestos for? Selecting and Typing Documents for the Database9. Onawa P. Lacewell and Annika Werner: Coder Training: Key to Enhancing Coding Reliability and Estimate Validity10. Sven Regel: Data Entry and Access: Introducing the Manifesto Project Database (MPDb)11. Simon Franzmann: From Data to Inference and Back Again: Perspectives from Content AnalysisPART IV: EXPLOITING THE MULTI-LEVEL ESTIMATES TO STUDY REPRESENTATION COMPARATIVELY12. Ian Budge and Hans-Dieter Klingemann: Parties and Citizens: Representation over 28 Countries13. Pola Lehmann and Henrike Schultze: Linking Data-Sets from Party to Individual Levels in order to Evaluate Congruence Measures Comparatively14. Andrea Volkens and Judith Bara: Presidential versus Parliamentary Representation: Extending Manifesto Estimates to Latin America