chapter  13
Estimating policy positions from the computer coding of political texts: results from Italy, the Netherlands and Ireland
ByIreland MIRANDA DE VRIES, DANIELA GIANNETTI AND
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The study of politics and the testing of models of government formation or party competition often require multi-dimensional data on the policy or ideological positions of political parties. It is therefore important to develop a range of techniques for deriving good data on party positions. In this chapter we suggest that computerised content analysis (CCA) is one way to do this.