Every single word: A New Data Set Including All Parliamentary Materials Published in Germany

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In this article, we introduce a unique data set containing all written communication published by the German Bundestag between 1949 and 2017. Increasing numbers of scholars make use of protocols of parliamentary speeches, parliamentary questions or the texts of legislative drafts in various fields of comparative politics including representation, responsiveness, professionalization and political careers or parliamentary agenda studies. Since preparing parliamentary documents is rather resource intensive, these studies remain limited to single points in time, types of documents and/or policy areas. The long time horizon and various types of documents covered by our new comprehensive data set will enable scholars interested in parliaments, parties and representatives to answer various innovative research questions related to legislative studies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGovernment and Opposition
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)276-295
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 22.04.2022

Bibliographical note

Both authors contributed equally to this paper. We would like to thank Dzaneta Kaunaite, Jonas Dietrich and Emily Brandes for their assistance on this project. Moreover, this article benefited from useful comments by three anonymous reviewers and the participants of the inaugural meeting of the research group on parliaments of the German Political Science Association in Frankfurt in October 2019. Tobias Remschel holds a Georg-Christoph-Lichtenberg scholarship, funded by the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony, Germany.

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    Research areas

  • Politics - data set, text analysis, Germany, parliaments, representation