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Institutionalization of political parties in the parliaments of Central Europe – data mining of parliamentary debates

Institutionalization of political parties in the parliaments of Central Europe – data mining of parliamentary debates

principal investigator
Ph.D. / Assistant Professor
Agnieszka Kwiatkowska

Sociologist and political scientist

Full bio
project value: PLN 713,916
funding source : National Science Center
discipline: political science and public administration
location: Warsaw
duration: 2021202320202022

How do new topics become a source of political conflict? How has the understanding of democracy changed over time? Can you predict which parties will fall quickly and which will become important political actors? The project, led by Dr. Agnieszka Kwiatkowska, aims to analyse the process of institutionalization of political parties in parliaments of five Central European countries (Poland, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Slovakia and Hungary) using quantitative methods of analysing textual data (parliamentary debates) and numerical data (roll-call votes) on an innovative database that will be created in the project.

RESEARCH PROJECT

 

Institutionalization of political parties in the parliaments of Central Europe

data mining of parliamentary debates

Research UnitUNI SWPS english
Grant AmountPLN 713,916
Funding Sourcencbir

Duration of Research Project: 2020–2024

 

How do new topics become a source of political conflict? How has the understanding of democracy changed over time? Can you predict which parties will fall quickly and which will become important political actors? The project, led by Dr. Agnieszka Kwiatkowska, aims to analyse the process of institutionalization of political parties in parliaments of five Central European countries (Poland, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Slovakia and Hungary), by using quantitative methods of analysing textual data (parliamentary debates) and numerical data (roll-call votes) on an innovative database that will be created in the project.

Project Description

The institutionalization of political parties is a process of continuous, dynamic adaptation and stabilization resulting in a shift from loose, spontaneous initiatives to more organized modes of collective action. In the project, we plan to analyse how internal institutionalization (consistency in parliamentary speeches, personal stability, internal divisions) and external one (influence on other parties in the parliament) affect the party's durability and its ability to survive.

Project Methodology

The methodological objective of the project is to evaluate the existing methods of determining the ideological positions of parliamentarians and parliamentary clubs and to create new methods for the simultaneous analysis of parliamentary debates and roll-call votes, taking into account the micro level variables (metadata on parliamentarians and debates) and the macro level (concerning the party system). The use of a variety of statistical techniques and machine learning methods to classify, analyse relationships, and reduce the dimensionality of data will increase the accuracy of analysis and prediction of parliamentary behaviour and the activities of parliamentary clubs.

By researching parliamentary debates in five countries, we want to find out what factors determine a survival of a new party or its collapse or a takeover by another party. We will learn how the party's cohesion and identity are expressed in parliamentary statements, as well as what characterizes the process of institutionalization of party systems in Central and Eastern Europe.

Kwiatkowska, Agnieszka Principal Investigator
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Specialization
Sociologist and political scientist
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor
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warszawa
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nauki-socjologiczne
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Agnieszka Kwiatkowska
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor Agnieszka KwiatkowskaSociologist and political scientist

Expected impact of the project

The project's innovation is based on the simultaneous analysis of parliamentary debates and votes as well as political metadata at the micro and macro levels. The data will be analysed in a comparative perspective, taking into account macro variables, in order to identify effects that are universal in nature. As no previous analyses of this type exist, the project is innovative in theoretical and empirical terms, and its results will enrich Polish and world science in the field of research on parliamentary elites and party systems. Another important contribution to the development of the research field and the scientific discipline will be the creation of a unique database.

Research Team

 
Viktoriia Muliavka

sociologist,
researches political protests and specializes in comparative multilevel analysis

 
Amanda Dziubińska

political scientist, researches issues of the CEE, interested in comparative constitutionalism and philosophy of politics

 
Hubert Plisiecki

psychologist, interested in NLP, identifying QRP, and quantitative research

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