Scaling Policy Preferences from Coded Political Texts

  title={Scaling Policy Preferences from Coded Political Texts},
  author={Kenneth Benoit},
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 into different categories. Here we reexamine such scales and propose a theoretically and linguistically superior alternative based on the logarithm of oddsratios. We contrast this scale with the current approach of the Comparative Manifesto Project (CMP), showing that our proposed logit scale avoids widely… CONTINUE READING
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