Measuring Party Positions and Issue Salience from Media Coverage: Discussing and Cross-Validating New Indicators

  title={Measuring Party Positions and Issue Salience from Media Coverage: Discussing and Cross-Validating New Indicators},
  author={Marc Helbling and Anke Tresch},
  journal={Political Methods: Quantitative Methods eJournal},
Recent studies have started to use media data to measure party positions and issue salience. The aim of this article is to compare and cross-validate this alternative approach with the more commonly used party manifestos, expert judgments and mass surveys. To this purpose, we present two methods to generate indicators of party positions and issue salience from media coverage: the core sentence approach and political claims analysis. Our cross-validation shows that with regard to party positions… Expand
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