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Mapping Policy Preferences From Texts: Statistical Solutions for Manifesto Analysts

Andrea Volkens, Judith Bara, Ian Budge, Michael D. McDonald, and Hans-Dieter Klingemann


The Manifesto data are by far the most extensive text-based set of policy indicators for political research. It is thus vital that their quality is established. The purpose of this book is to secure this by reviewing methodological issues that have got in the way of straightforwardly using these data since our two preceding volumes were published and to resolve them in ways which best serve users and textual analysts in general. 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 M ... More

Keywords: data quality, measurement of policy preferences, validity, reliability, minimizing error, optimal documentation, effective coding, Manifesto Project Database, multilevel analysis, voter-party congruence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199640041
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199640041.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrea Volkens, editor
Director of MARPOR, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin

Judith Bara, editor
Senior Lecturer in Politics, Queen Mary University of London

Ian Budge, editor
Research Professor in Government, University of Essex

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Andrea Volkens, Judith Bara, Ian Budge, Michael D. McDonald, Robin Best, and Simon Franzmann

Part I Validated, Authoritative, Indispensable: The Manifesto Estimates in Political Research

1 The Best Tools to Tackle the Job

Ian Budge and Thomas Meyer

Part II Validity Guarantees Reliability: High Reliability Limits Error

Part III Delivering Quality Data: Collection—Coding—Controls—Communication

Part IV Exploiting the Multilevel Estimates to Study Representation Comparatively

12 Parties, Citizens, and Representation

Ian Budge and Hans-Dieter Klingemann