From Text to Political Positions: Text analysis across disciplines

A.R. Kaal (Editor), I. Maks (Editor), A.M.E. van Elfrinkhof (Editor)

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From Text to Political Positions addresses cross-disciplinary innovation in political text analysis for party positioning. Drawing on political science, computational methods and discourse analysis, it presents a diverse collection of analytical models including pure quantitative and qualitative approaches. By bringing together the prevailing text-analysis methods from each discipline, the volume aims to alert researchers to new and exciting possibilities of text analysis across their own disciplinary boundaries.
The volume builds on the fact that each of the disciplines has a common interest in extracting information from political texts. The focus on political texts thus facilitates interdisciplinary cross-overs. The volume also includes chapters combining methods as examples of cross-disciplinary endeavours. These chapters provide an open discussion of the constraints and (dis)advantages of either quantitative or qualitative methods when evaluating the possibilities of combining analytic tools.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins
Number of pages344
ISBN (Electronic)9789027270344
ISBN (Print)9789027206466
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Bibliographical note

"From Text to Political Positions is a timely addition to the literature on estimating parties’ positions. The novel perspective of this highly readable volume can serve as a guide for applied researchers that do not wish to remain entrenched within disciplinary traditions." -- Kostas Gemenis, University of Twente

“This important volume of essays adds significantly to the growing interest in textual and discourse analysis in the field of politics and party positioning. Not only does it address the pressing question of research methodology, choosing to combine qualitative and quantitative techniques and approaches in a cross-disciplinary matrix, but the internationally renowned contributors also endeavour to provide normative and critical orientations to back up their original theoretical and empirical analyses.” -- David Howarth, Reader in Social and Political Theory, Department of Government, University of Essex
Gebeurtenis: T2PP Workshop


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