chapter  6
A framework for analysing local party policy emphases in BODIL AGASØSTER
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Using national election manifestos, the Comparative Manifesto Project (CMP) and related research has studied changes in policy emphases or policy positions between parties over time and across countries. Quantitative content analysis can, however, also be applied to study variation in policy emphases and positions within parties at the same election, if the focus is shifted to local manifestos. Drawing on the theoretical framework of the CMP, this chapter aims at developing a classification scheme for the systematic analysis of programmatic statements in local election manifestos. This procedure may be useful for discussing a much-debated question in party politics: to what extent can political parties be regarded as unitary actors?