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 Research Projects at the MPIfG

Historical Database of Party Manifestos

Sebastian Kohl and Kostas Gemenis


 
While political party and election manifestos are often archived in print format for the study of political history, the advent of quantitative text analysis in political science has prompted the use of such historical material in machine readable format. The aim in this project is to compile a single historical database of all the manifestos that have been issued by political parties in OECD countries since the late 19th century. It will include election manifestos, foundational documents, and related political programs in digital format to facilitate computational text analysis and will also link the files to metadata describing the documents and other contextual variables. The database will eventually be available upon request to interested researchers and should lay the foundation of party historical research across countries and extensive time periods. Project duration: October 2017 to September 2021.
 

 
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