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Content Analysis of European Party Manifestos
the position of political actors
- The European Consortium for Political Research
(ECPR) held a Workshop in Mannheim on the analysis of
party manifestos. Many of the papers are available
- Hermann Schmidt and associates are seeking answers
to this question: "What are the conditions under which
political parties succeed in making their EP election
manifestoes known to the voters? And, what is more,
under which conditions become programmatic statements
of competing parties relevant for participation and
party choice in EP elections?" This project is ongoing
and scheduled to end in 2004.
Programs of Political Parties
- In 2002, Hans Dieter Klingemann taught a summer
course at Oslo University on the analysis of party
platforms. Here's part of his course description:
- This course deals with what political parties tell
voters in their election programs. Normally considered
quite unimportant it will be demonstrated that this
information helps to understand important political
processes of representative democracy. What do
political parties advertise? Do voters have a choice?
Is there a left-right dimension? How important are
programmatic similarities and differences for the
formation of government coalitions? Is there a
relationship of what parties say and what they do as
government or opposition? These and related questions
will be discussed in a comparative perspective
offering empirical evidence both from parties of "old"
and "new" democracies.