(2023-06-01) New Dataset Version 2023a and Manifesto Corpus 2023-1
- Dataset version 2023a is now available on the data > download page and you can find all changes in the release notes.
- 2023a marks one of our biggest updates yet adding 178 new coded data points to the main dataset and about 200,000 annotated quasi-sentences to the Manifesto Corpus.
- Integration of Main and South American Dataset: We decided to integrate the South American dataset into the main dataset, so that from now on datapoints from both datasets are contained in a single common dataset.
- Release of new detailed Party Dataset: We extend our information on parties covered in our dataset with a new party dataset, which will be updated alongside our regular dataset updates. It provides a detailed documentation of political parties naming and composition history, capturing their names in both original language and English, along with significant changes over time (e.g. party names changes, candidate alterations and modifications in coalition compositions). You can find it on our standard dataset download page together with a codebook.
(2022-11-01) A Second Home at the University of Göttingen
- We have great news. Since this November the Manifesto Project has found a second home at the Institute for Democracy Research Göttingen (University of Göttingen). It is now led by Pola Lehmann (WZB) and Simon Franzmann (University of Göttingen). Pola Lehmann is a post-doctoral researcher at the WZB and has been a member of the Manfesto Project core team for many years. Her research focusses on democracy, political parties, political representation and automated text analysis. Simon Franzmann is Professor of Democracy Studies (with a specialisation on Political Parties and Political Culture) at the University of Göttingen and Director at the Institute for Democracy Research Göttingen. Felicia Riethmüller from the University of Göttingen joins the project as a doctoral researcher. Felicia completed her Master's degree in Political Science at the Free University Berlin and focuses on research on parties and political representation.
(2022-09-26) New Dataset Version 2022a
- Dataset version 2022a is now available on the data > download page. We added 7 new elections and corrected some errors. You can find all changes in the release notes. This update comes along with a new version of the Manifesto Corpus that contains more then 70 digitalized older codings for Romania, Russia and Ukraine. Additionally, there is a small update of existing data points for the South America Dataset.
(2021-10-21) New Dataset Version 2021a
- Dataset version 2021a is now available on the data > download page. We added 12 new elections and corrected some errors. You can find all changes in the release notes. This update comes along with a new version of the Manifesto Corpus.
(2020-12-23) New Dataset Version 2020b
- Dataset version 2020b is now available on the data > download page. We added 10 new elections and corrected some errors. You can find all changes in the release notes and the release notes for the South America Dataset. This update comes along with a new version of the Manifesto Corpus that also includes 25 retro-digitalized coded documents from the past. Additionally, it also makes about 50 previously missing original pdfs and about 90 coded pdfs available on our website.
(2020-07-27) New Dataset Version 2020a
- Dataset version 2020a is now available on the data > download page. We added 9.5 new elections (the .5 being the Flemish manifestos for Belgium 2019) and corrected some errors. You can find all changes in the release notes. This update comes along with a new version of the Manifesto Corpus that also includes 38 retro-digitalized coded documents from the past. Additionally, it also makes about 250 previously missing original pdfs of manifestos available on our website.
(2020-04-16) Government Declaration Dataset from MPPI online
- The Government Declaration Dataset originally published with MPPI is now also available on our website. Check it out here. It contains content analytical data from government declarations in 11 countries between 1945 and the 1980s.
(2019-12-19) Job Offer Research Fellow
- We have a job offer for a new research fellow position starting in March 2020. You find the call here: https://www.wzb.eu/en/jobs/research-fellow-fmx (english PDF, german PDF). The application deadline is 27.01.2020. If you have always been wondering why a specific election is not coded quicker, if you always had great idea how to improve the data set or if you just like it, come and work with a great team in Berlin.
(2019-12-17) New Dataset Version 2019b
- Dataset version 2019b is now available. We added new observations, and corrected some errors. You can find all changes in the release notes. We also updated the South America Dataset to version 2019b - consult its release notes for all additions and changes. You can find both data sets and their release notes on the data > download page. This update comes along with a new version of the Manifesto Corpus.
(2019-10-08) Jirka Lewandowski (1989-2019)
- Obituary of Jirka Lewandowski – Bidding farewell to a bright and warm-hearted colleague and friend: read the obituary
(2019-08-27) New Dataset Version 2019a
- Dataset version 2019a is now available. We added new observations, changed the handling of the pervote/absseat variables for electoral alliances and their member parties, and corrected some errors. You can find all changes in the release notes. We also updated the South America Dataset to version 2019a - consult its release notes for all additions and changes. You can find both data sets and their release notes on the data > download page. This update comes along with a new version of the Manifesto Corpus.
(2019-06-01) Party Facts: Article published, various new datasets added (e.g. CSES, IPOD)
- Party Facts ("A Database of Political Parties Worldwide") links datasets on political parties and provides an online platform about parties and their history as recorded in social science datasets.
- MARPOR-Fellow Sven Regel and Holger Döring (@ParlGov) got their article published that describes the Party Facts project and its merits: Döring, Holger, and Sven Regel. 2019. “Party Facts: A Database of Political Parties Worldwide.” Party Politics 25(2): 97–109. doi:10.1177/1354068818820671
- Meanwhile ten new datasets have been integrated (especially through the hard work of Paul Bederke) into Party Facts (additional to the 26 datasets (incl. Manifesto Project) already mentioned in the article). Among others these are the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) and the Integrated Party Organization Dataset (IPOD).
(2019-04-24) Job announcement
- We are hiring up to three student assistants in Berlin. You find the call here: german (PDF) or english (PDF). Deadline is the 22nd of May.
(2018-12-21) New Dataset Version 2018b
- Dataset version 2018b is now available. We added new observations and corrected some errors. You can find all changes in the release notes. We also updated the South America Dataset to version 2018b - consult its release notes for all additions and changes. You can find both data sets and their release notes on the data > download page. This update comes along with a new version of the Manifesto Corpus.
(2018-10-10) Call for Papers: Manifesto Project User Conference (7-8 March 2019)
- The Manifesto Project team invites users of the Manifesto Dataset to submit abstracts and papers for a conference on 7-8 March 2019 at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center in Berlin, Germany. The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars using the Manifesto Dataset and/or the Manifesto Corpus and to foster a dialogue between users and the core team. The conference offers participants the opportunity to present current projects using Manifesto Project data.
- The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 18 November 2018.
- Please find more information in the call for papers on the Manifesto Project User Conference 2019 website and/or in the Call-PDF.
(2018-09-05) Job offer PhD student
- We have a job offer for a new PhD student starting in November 2018. You find the call here: https://www.wzb.eu/en/jobs/research-assistant (english PDF, german PDF). The application deadline is 30.09.2018. If you have always been wondering why a specific election is not coded quicker, if you always had great idea how to improve the data set or if you just like it, come and work with a great team in Berlin.
(2018-07-19) New Dataset Version 2018a
- Dataset version 2018a is now available. We added new observations and corrected some errors. You can find all changes in the release notes. We also updated the South America Dataset to version 2018a - consult the release notes for all additions and changes. You can find both data sets and their release notes on the data > download page. This update comes along with a new version of the Manifesto Corpus which also contains about 50 new digitalized handwritten codings from the past.
(2018-04-25) Tutorial series
- We start to release a number of tutorials on how to use the Manifesto Project Dataset and the Manifesto Corpus. You can find all tutorials by clicking on the "Tutorials" item in the navigation bar above.
(2018-02-23) Corpus Conference Wrap-up: Best Paper Award Winners
- For the first time, we awarded a best paper award at one of our conferences: the Manifesto Corpus Conference Best Paper Award worth 1,000 EUR. The prize was split and awarded to Jae-Hee Jung (Washington University, St. Louis) for "The Mobilizing Effect of Parties' Moral Rhetoric" and Stefan Müller (Trinity College Dublin) for "Prospective and Retrospective Salience".
(2018-01-26) Server problems solved - website up and running.
- We were having major problems with our server during the last two weeks. As you can see, these are solved now. If you are still facing problems, do not hesitate to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org. Sorry for the inconvenience.
(2017-12-18) New Dataset Version 2017b
- Dataset version 2017b is now available. We added new observations and corrected some errors. You can find all changes in the release notes. We also updated the South America Dataset to version 2017b - consult the release notes for all additions and changes. You can find both data sets and their release notes on the data > download page. This update comes along with a new version of the Manifesto Corpus.
(2017-11-24) Manifesto Corpus Conference Program Online
- We are happy to announce that we have finalized the program for our 2018 Manifesto Corpus Conference.
- Please find the program and further information (also regarding free registration for non-presenters) on the Manifesto Corpus Conference website.
(2017-09-04) Call for Papers: Manifesto Corpus Conference (1-2 February 2018)
- The Manifesto Project Team is organizing a conference on the Manifesto Corpus seeking submissions making use or applying the Manifesto Corpus.
- The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 2 October 2017.
- The best work presented at the conference will receive the Manifesto Corpus Award (dotted with 1,000€).
- Please find more information in the call for papers on the Manifesto Corpus Conference website.
(2017-08-18) New Dataset Version 2017a, DOIs, dataset version comparison dashboard, and change in MARPOR directorship
- Dataset version 2017a is now available. We added new observations and corrected some errors. You can find all changes in the release notes. We also updated the South America Dataset to version 2017a - consult the release notes for all additions and changes. You can find both data sets on the data > download page.
- All versions of the Manifesto Project Dataset are now acecssible permanently via digital object identifiers (DOI). The doi link to the current version of the main dataset: https://doi.org/10.25522/manifesto.mpds.2017a. Doi-links are also available for older versions of the dataset on our website. When using the new dataset, please also update the entry in your literature managment software by using the respective files on our website which also include the doi. Including the doi in the citation ensures that people can find the data and enhances the transparency of your research.
- We finished a new dashboard that indicates changes between different versions of the main dataset. The dashboard will not replace the release notes of the dataset, but complement them. The dashboard allows to identify the exact changes between two versions of the dataset. It illustrates additions, removals and changes in the data. We always recommend to use the most recent version of the dataset. However, sometimes scholars start doing an analysis with one version of the dataset that becomes outdated while working on their research project. The dashboard facilitates to identify whether the more recent version of the dataset contains substantial changes compared to the older version and should encourage users to use more recent data even for on-going projects. The dashboard is still in a beta state. You can find it here: https://visuals.manifesto-project.wzb.eu/mpdb-shiny/cmp_dashboard_dataset_version/
- Andrea Volkens handed over the directorship of MARPOR to Bernhard Weßels. She continues to work for MARPOR.
(2016-12-21) New Dataset Version 2016b
- Dataset version 2016b is now available. We added new observations, corrected errors and added some new variables. Check out all changes in the release notes.
- We also updated our dataset on the South American countries. Check out all changes in the release notes.
(2016-11-18) manifestata - our new stata add-on for the Manifesto Project Data and Corpus
- We are happy to announce the release of manifestata - our stata add-on to access and process the Manifesto Project Dataset and the Manifesto Corpus. manifestata is for Stata what manifestoR is for R. manifestata is the result of a cooperation with Alejandro Ecker from MZES, Mannheim.
(2016-07-22) Society for Political Methodology's 2016 Statistical Software Award
- We are happy to announce that Jirka, Sven, Pola and Nicolas won the Statistical Software Award 2016 of the Society for Political Methodology for manifestoR and the manifesto API. The Society for Political Methodology is the Methodological Section of the American Political Science Association.
(2016-06-09) Berlin Digital Humanities Prize 2016
- We are happy to announce that the team of the Manifesto Corpus won the Berlin Digital Humanities Prize 2016. The prize is sponsored by the interdisciplinary research network on digital humanities Berlin. Find more details and pictures from the ceremony here.
(2016-05-26) New Dataset Version 2016a
- Dataset version 2016a is now available. We added many new observations, corrected some errors and even added some new variables. Check out all changes in the release notes.
(2016-02-05) Article published on the Manifesto Corpus
- Have a look at our new article with the title "The Manifesto Corpus: A new resource for research on political parties and quantitative text analysis".
- The article is published in the peer-reviewd open-access journal Research & Politics. It announces the Manifesto Corpus and illustrates potential applications for substantive research.
(2016-03-22) New Version of R package manifestoR and Manifesto Corpus released
- Since today, a new version (1.2) of our R package manifestoR is downloadable from CRAN. It adds accessibility to the Manifesto Project's South America Dataset and several other features, which are documented in the ChangeLog. Also, the Manifesto Corpus Version 2016-2 was released in parallel, containing the coded manifestos for all our South America Observations. For full and easy access to these documents, manifestoR version 1.2 is required!
(2015-12-10) Successful extension of MARPOR funding (2016-2019)
- We received the confirmation that the funding of MARPOR by the German Research Association (DFG) will be extended by three more years from 2016 to 2019.
(2015-11-19) Release of next update
- We currently do not plan to release an updated version of the dataset within this year. Only little data is currently ready and it is not worth to create a new version of the dataset. We will code some more data and bundle for an update in the first half of 2016. This update will then also include data for the UK General elections of 2015.
(2015-10-02) Job announcement
- We are hiring up to three student assistants in Berlin. See the job announcement on the WZB website (in german or english). Deadline is the 12th of October.
(2015-09-11) We are now on twitter.
- @manifesto_proj announces new versions and corrections of the dataset and keeps you up to date on research using manifesto data.
(2015-09-11) Small updates to the website
- We slightly restructured the website and added some new content. We will continue to improve the website in the future. Let us know if you have problems or comments.
(2015-09-10) What happened during the last months...
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.
Mit einem Beitrag zu "Politische Repräsentation: Zentrales Prinzip moderner Demokratien und viel diskutierter Begriff" von Pola Lehmann (@manifesto_proj). ⤵️ https://twitter.com/LisaHAnders/status/1631003671256334336
Yesterday, we finally had the chance to meet in person and welcome the two new Göttingen members, Simon Franzmann and Felicia Riethmüller, aboard! https://t.co/ab88dBSz7f
Two more weeks to apply for the open pre-/post-doc position at the Institute for Democracy Research in Göttingen! https://twitter.com/DemokratieGoe/status/1595792817930276864
Exciting news! Since this November the Manifesto Project, which is being hosted at @WZB_Berlin since 1989, has found a second home at the Institute for Democracy Research Göttingen (@DemokratieGoe at @uniGoettingen )! Short 🧵 (1/5).
We are very happy and honoured to receive the Friends of the @WZB_Berlin award for our #ManifestoMonday series! 🥳 For those who haven't seen it, you can read all blog posts here: https://www.wzb.eu/de/forschung/werkstatt-wahlen-am-wzb/manifesto-monday https://twitter.com/WZB_Berlin/status/1590294911815143425
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