Estimating party policy positions : Comparing expert surveys and hand-coded content analysis *

@inproceedings{Benoit2006EstimatingPP,
  title={Estimating party policy positions : Comparing expert surveys and hand-coded content analysis *},
  author={Kenneth Benoit and Michael Laver},
  year={2006}
}
In this paper we compare estimates of the left-right positions of political parties derived from an expert survey recently completed by the authors with those derived by the Comparative Manifestos Project (CMP) from the content analysis of party manifestos. Having briefly described the expert survey, we first explore the substantive policy content of left and right in the expert survey estimates. We then compare the expert survey to the CMP method on methodological grounds. Third, we directly… CONTINUE READING
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