chapter  1
Why should we estimate the policy positions of political actors?
ByMICHAEL LAVER
Pages 7

This book is concerned with estimating the policy positions of political actors. This enterprise might well seem a matter of self-evident importance to many who are already ‘in the business’. However, even for seasoned researchers it is worth briefly reflecting, before rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty in the analysis of real data, on the reasons for wanting to estimate policy positions in the first place.