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'Estimating policy positions using political texts: An evaluation of the Wordscores approach’

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This paper evaluates a recently developed method for extracting policy positions from political texts, known as Wordscores. This computerized content analysis technique is a potentially powerful tool for scholars interested in the study of political elites, since it promises an easy and efficient way of inferring policy position from texts and speeches. In this article, we provide a systematic evaluation of this promising method. Using Danish manifestos and government speeches from 1945 to 20...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Politics and Int Relations
Robert Klemmensen More by this author
Martin Ejnar Hansen More by this author
Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
Electoral Studies
Volume:
Vol. 26, 4
Pages:
746-755
Publication date:
2007-09-27
URN:
uuid:8f20e245-9f62-4c72-ba0a-ea27055576dc
Source identifiers:
283
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daisy:283

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