- About the Contributors
- Formal Models of Legislatures
- The Sociology of Legislators and Legislatures
- Typologies and Classifications
- Roll-Call Analysis and the Study of Legislatures
- Words as Data: Content Analysis in Legislative Studies
- Debate and Deliberation in Legislatures
- Interviews and Surveys in Legislative Research
- The Experimental Study of Legislative Behaviour
- Candidate Selection: Implications and Challenges for Legislative Behaviour
- The Effect of Electoral Institutions on Legislative Behaviour
- Gender and Legislatures
- Roles in Legislatures
- Legislative Careers
- Procedure and Rules in Legislatures
- The Politics of Bicameralism
- Political Parties and Legislators
- Party Discipline
- Legislative Party Switching
- Legislative Institutions and Coalition Government
- Institutional Foundations of Legislative Agenda-Setting
- Legislatures and Public Finance
- Legislatures, Lobbying, and Interest Groups
- Legislatures and Foreign Policy
- Common Agency? Legislatures and Bureaucracies
- Political Behaviour in the European Parliament
- Sub-National Legislatures
- The Study of Legislatures in Latin America
- Legislatures in Central and Eastern Europe
- Authoritarian Legislatures
- Reluctant Democrats and Their Legislatures
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
Legislatures in democratic countries generate tons of documents ranging from draft bills to amendments to bills, adopted legislation, committee reports, and transcripts of floor debates. Sifting through the entire legislative record is a challenging task. Thanks to the advent of digital technology, parliamentary records can now be stored in easily searchable on-line databases, making them more accessible to researchers and available for large-scale data analysis. Moreover, political scientists can use these documents to study representation, party politics, policy-making, and legislative behavior. This chapter examines recent technological advances that have allowed scholars to analyze the vast amounts of textual data produced by legislatures year in and year out. It describescontent analysis, focusing on recent approaches that treat “words as data.” It also considers some important applications to comparative study of political parties and legislatures and discusses the challenges faced by scholars moving forward before concluding with a look at the continuing trends in the field.
Jonathan Slapin is Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Houston.
Sven-Oliver Proksch is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, McGill University.
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