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Party Policy in Modern Democracies
Introduction Part I. Policy and Party Competition 1. Policy dimensions and political preferences 2. "Policy spaces" and models of party competition Part II. Measuring Policy Positions 3. The expertExpand
Extracting Policy Positions from Political Texts Using Words as Data
We present a new way of extracting policy positions from political texts that treats texts not as discourses to be understood and interpreted but rather, as data in the form of words. We compare thisExpand
Scaling policy preferences from coded political texts
Scholars estimating policy positions from political texts typically code words or sentences and then build left-right policy scales based on the relative frequencies of text units coded intoExpand
Policy and Party Competition
Policy and Party Competition offers both a theoretical and empirical examination of the subject. The book opens with a theoretical discussion of the nature of political parties, policies andExpand
Multiparty Government: The Politics of Coalition in Europe
The politics of coalition--the very heart of the political process in most European countries--can be analyzed either theoretically or empirically. "Multiparty Government" reconciles theseExpand
Treating Words as Data with Error: Uncertainty in Text Statements of Policy Positions
This work characterizes processes by which CMP data are generated, and shows how to correct biased inferences, in recent prominently published work, derived from statistical analyses of error-contaminated C MP data. Expand
A Unified Model of Cabinet Dissolution in Parliamentary Democracies
The literature on cabinet duration is split between two apparently irreconcilable positions. The attributes theorists seek to explain cabinet duration as a fixed function of measured explanatoryExpand
Policy and the Dynamics of Political Competition
  • M. Laver
  • Economics
  • American Political Science Review
  • 1 May 2005
This paper proposes a model that takes the dynamic agent-based analysis of policy-driven party competition into a multiparty environment. In this, voters continually review party support and switchExpand
Estimating policy positions from political texts
The analysis of policy-based party competition will not make serious progress beyond the constraints of (a) the unitary actor assumption and (b) a static approach to analyzing party competitionExpand
Making and breaking governments
Series editors' preface Acknowledgements Part I. The Context: 1. Theory, institutions, and government formation 2. The social context of government formation 3. The government formation process PartExpand