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Words as Data: Content Analysis in Legislative Studies

Slapin, JB and Proksch, S (2014) Words as Data: Content Analysis in Legislative Studies. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

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Legislatures in democratic countries generate tons of documents ranging from draft bills to amendments to bills, adopted legislation, committee reports, and transcripts of floor debates. Sifting through the entire legislative record is a challenging task. Thanks to the advent of digital technology, parliamentary records can now be stored in easily searchable on-line databases, making them more accessible to researchers and available for large-scale data analysis. Moreover, political scientists can use these documents to study representation, party politics, policy-making, and legislative behavior. This chapter examines recent technological advances that have allowed scholars to analyze the vast amounts of textual data produced by legislatures year in and year out. It describes content analysis, focusing on recent approaches that treat ?words as data.? It also considers some important applications to comparative study of political parties and legislatures and discusses the challenges faced by scholars moving forward before concluding with a look at the continuing trends in the field.

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled Keywords: Parliamentary records; party politics; policy-making; legislative behaviour; textual data; legislatures; content analysis; political parties
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2015 14:43
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 01:19

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