Gone Fishing: The Creation of the Comparative Agendas Project Master Codebook

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Abstract / Description of output

Every data-gathering effort is a story, often a horror story from the perspective
of those that created it. This chapter presents a historical tale of the creation
and logic behind the Comparative Agendas Project (CAP) Master Codebook. The
CAP is in reality a network of many projects aimed at classifying political
agendas according to the policies they address. However, with no central
administration or common source of funding the original coding framework
experienced noticeable drift based on the context of each project. To harmonize
the data across projects resulted in the creation of a common Master Codebook
that was only possible with the support of the CAP community. This chapter
further discusses the limitations of the CAP data. Ultimately the master coded
CAP data presents a common way of understanding policy attention and
provides the framework for more detailed work in and outside the CAP
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComparative Policy Agendas
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Tools, Data
EditorsFrank Baumgartner, Christian Breunig, Emiliano Grossman
Place of PublicationOxford, United Kingdom
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780198835332
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2019

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Master Codebook
  • data harmonization
  • comparative analyses
  • coding
  • validity
  • Comparative Agendas Project


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  • CAP: Comparative Agendas Project

    Bevan, S., Baumgartner, F. R., Jones, B., Walgrave , S. & Green-Pedersen, C.

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    Project: Research Collaboration with external organisation

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