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Understanding State Preferences With Text As Data: Introducing the UN General Debate Corpus

Baturo, Alexander and Dasandi, Niheer and Mikhaylov, Slava (2017) 'Understanding State Preferences With Text As Data: Introducing the UN General Debate Corpus.' Research & Politics. ISSN 2053-1680 (In Press)

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Abstract

Every year at the United Nations, member states deliver statements during the General Debate discussing major issues in world politics. These speeches provide invaluable information on governments’ perspectives and preferences on a wide range of issues, but have largely been overlooked in the study of international politics. This paper introduces a new dataset consisting of over 7,300 country statements from 1970-2014. We demonstrate how the UN General Debate Corpus (UNGDC) can be used to derive country positions on different policy dimensions using text analytic methods. The paper provides applications of these estimates, demonstrating the contribution the UNGDC can make to the study of international politics.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Slava Mikhaylov
Date Deposited: 12 May 2017 14:45
Last Modified: 12 May 2017 14:45
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/19577

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