Comparative Campaign Dynamics Dataset

Description: 

This collection of data sets provides information on ideological cohesion and ambiguity of party positions along with information on framing effects by competing parties and the media. The data covers the policy standpoints parties and their representatives have communicated in the media along with valence-related statements, such as references to competence or integrity. Coding was based on pre-electoral coverage of major newspapers for two recent (national) electoral campaigns in ten European countries. The three separate data sets focus on the statements parties have made referring to themselves, the statements they have made referring to their competitors and the statements the newspapers have made referring to the parties.

Related Research:

Baumann, Markus, Marc Debus and Martin Gross. 2017. Strength of weakness? Intra-party heterogeneity, diverging coalition preferences and coalition negotiation outcomes in the German states. Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 58 (2), 179-204.

Baumann, Markus, Marc Debus and Martin Gross. 2018. Economic hardship and unemployment policy saliency in parties’ election campaign statements.

Jung, Jae-Hee and Margit Tavits. 2018. Valence Attacks Harm the Electoral Performance of the Left but not the Right.

Somer-Topcu, Zeynep, Margit Tavits, and Markus Baumann. 2017. Do Election Campaigns Affect Voter Perceptions of Party Positions?

Somer-Topcu, Zeynep and Margit Tavits. 2018. Does Message Distortion by Rival Parties Affect Voters?

Somer-Topcu, Zeynep and Daniel Weitzel. 2018. Campaign Valence Rhetoric and Vote Choice in Europe: How do Self-Praises and Valence Attacks Affect Vote Choice?

Data Access:
[codebook] Where Is My Party? Determinants of Voter Agreement about the Ideological Positions of Political Parties

[dataset] "Self_v1" (parties talking about themselves) [.dta, 4.48 MB]

[dataset] "Other_v1" (parties talking about other parties) [.dta, 3.18 MB]

[dataset] "Journalist_v1" (journalists talking about parties) [.dta, 5.15 MB]

[dataset] Country File: Czech Republic" [.csv, 4.87 MB]

[dataset] Country File: Denmark [.csv, 4.15 MB]

[dataset] Country File: Germany [.csv, 3.77 MB]

[dataset] Country File: Hungary [.csv, 3.75 MB]

[dataset] Country File: Netherlands [.csv, 3.55 MB]

[dataset] Country File: Poland [.csv, 4.78 MB]

[dataset] Country File: Portugal [.csv, 4.34 MB]

[dataset] Country File: Spain [.csv, 3.65 MB]

[dataset] Country File: Sweden [.csv, 5.29 MB]

[dataset] Country File: United Kingdom (2005) [.csv, 1.78 MB]

[dataset] Country File: United Kingdom (2010) [.csv, 2.36 MB]

[dataset] Country File: United Kingdom (2015) [.csv, 2.66 MB]

Country Experts:

Czech Republic

Vlastimil Havlik, Masaryk University

Denmark

Christian Elmelund-Præstekær, University of Southern Denmark

Germany

Marc Debus, University of Mannheim

Hungary

Zsofia Papp, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

The Netherlands

Armen Hakhverdian, University of Amsterdam

Poland

Natalia Letki and Wojciech Rafalowski, University of Warsaw

Portugal

José Santana Pereira, University of Lisbon

Spain

Pablo Fernandez-Vazquez, University of Pittsburgh

Sweden

Stefan Dahlberg, University of Bergen

United Kingdom

Jane Green, Oxford University

 

Directors MZES: 
Directors other: 
Zeynep Somer-Topcu
Margit Tavits
Involvement MZES: 
MZES coordinated the data collection
Data publication date: 
2018
Data citation: 
Debus, Marc, Zeynep Somer-Topcu, and Margit Tavits. 2018. Comparative Campaign Dynamics Dataset. Mannheim: Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, University of Mannheim.