The Manifesto Project provides the scientific community with parties’ policy positions derived from a content analysis of parties’ electoral manifestos. It covers over 1000 parties from 1945 until today in over 50 countries on five continents. The DFG-funded MARPOR project continues the work of the Manifesto Research Group (MRG) and the Comparative Manifestos Project (CMP). On this website you find the Manifesto Project Dataset containing the parties' policy preferences generated by the project. You also find coded and uncoded election manifestos of the parties in the dataset as well as information and links to many applications for the dataset, related projects and publications etc.
Coded manifestos available through the Manifesto Corpus: The Corpus publishes the digital codings on the quasi-sentence level the project has produced since 2009. It allows users to verify and check our codings, recode the data for their own purposes, create new subcategories, use them for automatic analysis, etc.
Release of manifestoR: an R packages facilitating use and access of the Manifesto Project Data.
Update 2015a available: It is the first dataset that reports data coded on the basis of the new category scheme. Check Version 5 of the coding instructions to learn more about the new category scheme. For everyone doing over time comparisons the dataset also reports the data aggregated into the old category scheme.
First data from South American countries published: This new dataset will provide data on South American parties and presidential candidates. So far it contains data from Argentina, Brazil and Chile, more countries and elections will follow.
From manifestos to coalition agreements: Our team members Sven Regel, @BernhardWessels and Pola Lehmann and former team member @TheresMatthiess have analysed to what extent the election pledges of the “Ampelkoalition” made it into government programme https://twitter.com/BernhardWessels/status/1544342913978859520
The #SSW party, which surprisingly entered the german parliament in the 2021 election, has been missing in our #ManifestoMonday series about the german manifestos. Our great student assistants Juliane Hanel, Sarah Hegazy, Leonie Schwichtenberg & Leila van Rinsum have fixed that! https://twitter.com/WZB_Democracy/status/1521123392635736071
Our website is back online and all services should work properly again (data access, dashboards, API). If you still encounter any problems please let us know! Thanks a lot for your patience during the last week.
Our manifesto server is currently down due to technical problems. This affects the manifesto website as well as other manifesto services (API,dashboards). We are sorry for the inconvenience and will let you know as soon as the server is back up.
New publication from @manifesto_proj team members! Our research fellows @tionde_lisa and Pola Lehmann have analyzed the strategic behavior of the german populist radical right party AfD during the Covid-19 pandemic. Check out @tionde_lisa thread and the open-access article 👇👇 https://twitter.com/tionde_lisa/status/1509796122805555202
Hey #TextAsData people: @OPTED_H2020 is currently running a survey about the challenges of text as data research. Great opportunity to share your experiences and contribute to the development of a European research infrastructure for political text analysis. https://twitter.com/OPTED_H2020/status/1499320641912287234
T-6 until election day in 🇩🇪 ! As the grand finale of our #ManifestoMonday series we wrote an overview article for @zeitonline and analyzed which coalition would have the best substantial fit according to their manifestos. https://twitter.com/zeitonline/status/1439623136908034052
We continue the #ManifestoMonday series! Juliane Hanel, Leonie Schwichtenberg & Marvin Müller have developed an interactive dashboard based on the Manifesto data, where you can easily compare the different priorities and goals of the German parties. Give it a try! https://twitter.com/WZB_Democracy/status/1437402988432211971
Our team member Pola Lehman has analyzed the different positions of the German parties on the transition to sustainable transport for @ZDFwiso . https://twitter.com/WZB_Democracy/status/1435589352978063363
Our sixth and final article on an individual German election program in the #ManifestoMonday series. Sarah Hegazy and Pola Lehmann discuss the manifesto of the Left Party. https://twitter.com/WZB_Democracy/status/1434877250713923586
Here comes the fifth part of our #ManifestoMonday series about the German election programs! Juliane Hanel and Christoph Ivanusch take a closer look at the key topics of the Green manifesto. https://twitter.com/WZB_Democracy/status/1432317274577375232
Some former and current members of the Manifesto Team have analyzed the German election manifestos for @ZDFwiso. The start was made by @TheresMatthiess, who inspected the parties' positions on educational equality. https://twitter.com/WZB_Democracy/status/1430086839575138324
The fourth blog post in our #ManifestoMonday series is now available! Marvin Müller and @TobiasBurst discuss the CDU/CSU manifesto for the German federal elections 2021 https://twitter.com/WZB_Democracy/status/1429782910865977348
Our third entry in the #ManifestoMonday series about the German election programs is online now! Juliane Hanel & Pola Lehmann write about their key findings from their analysis of the FDP manifesto https://twitter.com/WZB_Democracy/status/1427273769152831506
Don't miss our second blog post about the German election programs! Sven Regel and Leila van Rinsum discuss the key topics of the SPD manifesto. https://twitter.com/WZB_Democracy/status/1425028998279667712
Introducing #ManifestoMonday! Over the next few weeks leading up to the German federal elections, we will analyze the party manifestos and report on their central topics and talking points (written in German). @tionde_lisa and Leonie Schwichtenberg start today with the AfD!
New versions of our datasets are available (Update 2020b)!
We added the following elections:
ARG: 2015 & 2019 AUT: 2019 DNK: 2019 HUN: 2018 ISR: 2019 April MNE: 2020 PRT: 2019 ESP: 2019 November UKR: 2014
If you use any of the data you find on this website, please cite us. You find the correct citation for all datasets on all download pages. If you use the documents, please cite the Manifesto Corpus.