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Political Science in Europe

What They Say is What They Do: Text Analysis and Political Elites

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Panel Chair
Rohan Alexander
Australian National University
Panel Discussant
Matthew Kerby
Australian National University

04/09/2019 13:00 - 14:40
Building: (Building A) Faculty of Law, Administration & Economics Floor: 3rd floor Room: 308
Increases in the availability of text data, coupled with improvements in statistical methods and computer power, have increased the ability to analyze the behaviour of elites directly from what they say. The papers in this panel use the complete text record of what was said in the Australian federal parliament to examine how political behaviour is affected by: gender; the relative importance of portfolios; and an elite's state compared with their party. These papers illustrate how the text analysis of directly what was said enhances our understanding of some key drivers of the behaviour of elites.

Paper List

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Do Politicians Accommodate their Parliamentary Speeches to Voters? Complexity in Political Speech of Parliamentary Party Members in the Czech Republic View Paper Details
Elite Perceptions, System-Environment Framework and Cognitive Mapping View Paper Details
Parliamentary Speech and Careers in Australia View Paper Details
Polarising Debates: Challenger Parties and Elite Polarisation in Sweden and the Netherlands View Paper Details
The Effect of State of Origin on Senators’ Speeches in the Australian Federal Parliament, 1901ꟷ2018 View Paper Details
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