The Political Documents Archive


The Political Documents Archive contains election manifestos, coalition agreements, government declarations and various other documents of political actors from developed democracies. Currently, the archive builds on a stock of more than 1100 political documents from 20 Western European countries :Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK..

The aim of the repository is to provide political texts in order to facilitate scholarly research in different areas of comparative politics such as party competition, coalition politics, legislative decision-making or electoral behavior. The archive is freely accessible and meant to foster rigorous research in these areas by enabling scholars to produce valid and reliable findings from empirical studies of textual data rather than unnecessarily struggling to obtain and process texts.

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Kenneth Benoit, Thomas Bräuninger, and Marc Debus. 2009. “Challenges for estimating policy preferences: Announcing an open access archive of political documents.” German Politics 18(3): 440-453.
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4 google scholar citations
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662 unique registered users