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Malisa Zobel, Pola Lehmann: Positions and saliency of immigration in party manifestos: A novel dataset using crowd coding

Zusammenfassung

Immigration is one of the most widely debated issues today. It has, therefore, also become an
important issue in party competition, and radical right parties are trying to exploit the issue. This opens up
many pressing questions for researchers. To answer these questions, data on the self-ascribed and unified
party positions on immigration and immigrant integration issues is needed. So far, researchers have relied
on expert survey data, media analysis data and ‘proxy’ categories from the Manifesto Project Dataset.
However, the former two only give the mediated party position, and the latter relies on proxies that do
not specifically measure immigration. The new dataset presented in this article provides researchers with
party positions and saliency estimates on two issue dimensions – immigration and immigrant integration –
in 14 countries and 43 elections.Deriving the data from manifestos enables the provision of parties’ unified
and unfiltered immigration positions for countries and time points not covered in expert surveys and media
studies, making it possible to link immigration and immigrant integration positions and saliency scores to
other issue areas covered in the Manifesto Project Dataset.Well-established criteria are used to distinguish
between statements on (1) immigration control and (2) immigrant integration. This allows for a more
fine-grained analysis along these two dimensions. Furthermore, the dataset has been generated using the
new method of crowd coding, which allows a relatively fast manual coding of political texts. Some of the
advantages of crowd coding are that it is easily replicated and expanded, and, as such, presents the research
community with the opportunity to amend and expand upon this coding scheme.

(1) The dataset (Parties’ Immigration and Integration Positions, PImPo) can be downloaded from the
website of the Manifesto Project using this link: https://doi.org/10.25522/manif.... If using
the dataset, please cite this article and the dataset.
(2) These proxy categories are ‘607 – Multiculturalism: positive’, ‘608 – Multiculturalism: negative’, ‘601 –
National way of life: positive’, ‘605 – Law and order’ and ‘705 – Underprivileged minority groups’. Some
have left the law and order category out as it includes non-immigration topics as well. See also a more
detailed discussion later in this article.

Autor Malisa Zobel, Pola Lehmann
Titel des Aufsatzes Positions and saliency of immigration in party manifestos: A novel dataset using crowd coding
Jahr 2018
Zeitschrift Zeitschrift European Journal of Political Research

Einordnung in die Universitätsstruktur

Fakultät Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Lehrstuhl Professur für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft

Bibliographische Angabe

Malisa Zobel, Pola Lehmann: Positions and saliency of immigration in party manifestos: A novel dataset using crowd coding. In: European Journal of Political Research, 2018 .