chapter  12
The computer coding of political texts: results from Britain, Germany, Ireland and Norway
ByGermany, Ireland and Norway JOHN GARRY
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An ever-increasing volume of politically relevant text is now available in electronic form, including party manifestos, speeches, legislative debates, newspaper editorials and political statements of one kind or another. This is beginning to open up exciting new possibilities for both computerassisted and fully computerised analyses of political texts, including analyses that seek to estimate the policy positions of political actors in order to elaborate models of political competition.