- 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 800 political documents from 12 Western European
and North American countries. 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.
polidoc.net is an open access archive it also aims to establish
a network for exchanging and accessing political text data
once it has been checked for errors and assured for quality.
The archive therefore encourages researchers to share their
documents with others. We invite everybody to participate
in this project so that the political science community
can easily make use of already collected documents.
archive is maintained by Thomas Bräuninger (University
of Mannheim), Marc Debus (University of Mannheim) and
Kenneth Benoit (Trinity College, University of Dublin).
If data are
used in publications etc. please refer to the Political
Documents Archive as data source:
Benoit, Thomas Bräuninger, and Marc Debus.
for estimating policy preferences: Announcing
an open access archive of political documents.” German
Politics 18(3): 440-453.