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Oxford University Press
30 November 2013
Comparative politics; Political manifestos
The Manifesto data are the only comprehensive set of policy indicators for social, economic and political research. It is thus vital that their quality is established. The purpose of this book is to review methodological issues that have got in the way of straightforwardly using the Manifesto data since our two preceding volumes were published and to resolve them in ways which best serve users and textual analysts in general. The book is thus generally about text-based quantitative analysis with a particular focus on the quality of the CMP-MARPOR data and ways of assessing and using them,In doing so the book goes beyond normal data documentation - essential though that is - to confront the analytic issues faced by users of the data now distributed by MARPOR. It also provides concrete strategies for tackling these at the research level, with examples from the field of political representation. The problems of uncertainty, error, reliability and validity considered here are generic issues for political analysts in any area of research, so the book has an interest extending beyond the Manifesto estimates themselves - in particular to other textual analyses.In addition the book widens the range of applications introduced in our two previous volumes and discusses the extension of the manifesto project database to cover Latin America.
Edited by:   Andrea Volkens (Director of MARPOR Director of MARPOR Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin), Judith Bara (Senior Lecturer in Politics, Senior Lecturer in Politics, Queen Mary University of London), Ian Budge (Research Professor in Government, Research Professor in Government, University of Essex), Michael D. McDonald (Professor of Political Science, Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center on Democratic Performance, Binghamton University), Hans-Dieter Klingemann (Professor Emeritus, Professor Emeritus, Research Unit Democracy and Democratization, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin)
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   678g
ISBN:   9780199640041
ISBN 10:   0199640041
Pages:   346
Publication Date:   30 November 2013
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Foreword Preface Introduction: Characterising the Data Correctly in Order to Measure them Accurately PART I: VALIDATED, AUTHORITATIVE, INDISPENSIBLE: THE MANIFESTO ESTIMATES IN POLITICAL RESEARCH 1: Ian Budge and Thomas Meyer: The Best Tools to Tackle the Job 2: Robin E. Best: Using The Manifesto Estimates to Correct Systematic 'Centring' Error in Expert and Electoral Positioning of Parties 3: Hans-Dieter Klingemann and Ian Budge: Using The Manifesto Estimates to Refine Party Family Placements PART II: VALIDITY GUARANTEES RELIABILITY: HIGH RELIABILITY LIMITS ERROR 4: Ian Budge, Michael D. McDonald and Thomas Meyer: Validated Estimates versus Dodgy Adjustments: focusing excessively on Error Distorts Results 5: Ian Budge and Thomas Meyer: Understanding and Validating the Right-Left Scale (RILE) 6: Michael D. McDonald: Measuring Uncertainty and Error Directly From the End-Estimates PART III: DELIVERING QUALITY DATA: COLLECTION, CODING, CONTROLS, COMMUNICATION 7: Ian Budge: Linking Uncertainty Measures to Document Selection and Coding 8: Nicolas Merz and Sven Regel: What are Manifestos for? Selecting and Typing Documents for the Database 9: Onawa P. Lacewell and Annika Werner: Coder Training: Key to Enhancing Coding Reliability and Estimate Validity 10: Sven Regel: Data Entry and Access: Introducing the Manifesto Project Database (MPDb) 11: Simon Franzmann: From Data to Inference and Back Again: Perspectives from Content Analysis PART IV: EXPLOITING THE MULTI-LEVEL ESTIMATES TO STUDY REPRESENTATION COMPARATIVELY 12: Ian Budge and Hans-Dieter Klingemann: Parties and Citizens: Representation over 28 Countries 13: Pola Lehmann and Henrike Schultze: Linking Data-Sets from Party to Individual Levels in order to Evaluate Congruence Measures Comparatively 14: Andrea Volkens and Judith Bara: Presidential versus Parliamentary Representation: Extending Manifesto Estimates to Latin America

The Manifesto Research Group (MRG) and its successors - the Comparative Manifesto Project (CMP) and Manifesto Research on Political Representation (MARPOR) - is an international project which has been collecting and analysing manifestos and platforms from over fifty post-war democracies for over forty years. It is now housed at the Wissenschaftszentrum, Berlin, with a long-term grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG). Having concentrated previously on OECD, EU and CEE countries, it is now extending its collection to Latin America and beyond. For further information please go to

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