Measuring Party Positions and Issue Salience from Media Coverage: Discussing and cross-validating new indicators
Title: Measuring Party Positions and Issue Salience from Media Coverage: Discussing and cross-validating new indicators
Citation: Electoral Studies, 2011, 30, 1 ,174-183, Special Symposium on Electoral Democracy in the European Union
Series/Report no.: [EUDO Public Opinion Observatory]
Recent studies have started to use media data to measure party positions and issue salience. The aim of this article is to compare and cross-validate this alternative approach with the more commonly used party manifestos, expert judgments and mass surveys. To this purpose, we present two methods to generate indicators of party positions and issue salience from media coverage: the core sentence approach and political claims analysis. Our cross-validation shows that with regard to party positions, indicators derived from the media converge with traditionally used measurements from party manifestos, mass surveys and expert judgments, but that salience indicators measure different underlying constructs. We conclude with a discussion of specific research questions for which media data offer potential advantages over more established methods.
Table of Contents:
1. Introduction 2. Media data in comparison 3. Approaches to the coding of media coverage 4. Data and operationalization 5. Cross-validating indicators from media coverage 6. Discussion Appendix:. Examples of core sentences and political claims References
Publication based on research carried out in the framework of the European Union Democracy Observatory (EUDO) of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute.; The journal issue has been produced in the framework of the PIREDEU Project, one of the projects carried out by the EUDO Public Opinion Observatory.
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