Assessing the validity of the Manifesto Common Space Scores


Flentje, Jan-Erik ; König, Thomas ; Marbach, Moritz



DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.electstud.2017.03.004
URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S...
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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2017
The title of a journal, publication series: Electoral Studies
Volume: 47
Page range: 25-35
Place of publication: Amsterdam
Publishing house: Elsevier
ISSN: 0261-3794
Related URLs: https://madata.bib.uni-mannheim.de/246/
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Social Sciences > Politische Wissenschaft II (König)
Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences- CDSS (Social Sciences)
Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: RILE estimates based on party manifesto data suggest that political parties leapfrog on the left-right scale over time. This implausible finding has raised questions about the efficacy not only of RILE for estimating left-right positions but of coded party manifestos for political science research in general. The recently developed Manifesto Common Space Scores (MCSS), which reduce leapfrogging by accounting for the election-specific character of party manifestos, provide alternative estimates for parties left/right-positions, but little is known about their validity. This study shows that MCSS estimates exhibit greater convergent validity relative to RILE estimates when compared to other measures of parties left/right-positions. It also finds that MCSS has greater construct validity relative to RILE estimates in two prominent cases (Greece and Italy). Overall, the findings underscore the election-specific character of party manifestos and demonstrate that MCSS is a useful alternative measure of parties’ left-right positions.

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