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A new domain on Gender-related issues

We are pleased to announce the recent incorporation of a new fully-fledged domain on gender issues into the classification scheme of the Regional Manifestos Project. The new domain is composed of 8 codes and identifies party preferences along 4 fundamental areas:
- Gender welfare and labour market policies
- Representation
- Gender violence
- Values and gender identity
From November 2020 on, all manifestos will be coded according to the renovated classification scheme, generating invaluable data to address several important research questions about party competition on gender-related issues.

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2019 Spanish regional elections: Data from the Vox manifesto is now available

We are analysing the party manifestos for the 2019 regional elections in Spain. Our dataset will be periodically updated during the next months to offer data from the quantitative content analysis of 75 new manifestos. Data from the Vox manifesto it is now available. Click here to download the latest version of our dataset.

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New dataset update

We are glad to announce the recent update of our dataset, in which we offer data on the positions and preferences of political parties at the regional level based on quantitative content analysis of parties' electoral manifestos. We have incorporated new cases in Spain (for example, Podemos and Ciudadanos in all the regions where these new challengers have obtained parliamentary representation; or the latest elections in the Basque Country, Galicia and Catalonia held in 2016 and 2017). In addition, we have extended the British case to cover all regional elections in Scotland and Wales between 1999 and 2016. Furthermore, we are releasing data from a new country: Italy. We have coded the electoral manifestos of the main political parties in South Tyrol, Trentino, Veneto and Aosta Valley, and of Five Star Movement in all the Italian regions. You can download the dataset here.

New article in West European Politics

In this article, recently published in West European Politics, Matthias Scantamburlo, Sonia Alonso and Braulio Gómez use data from the Regional Manifestos Project to analyse how the emergence and electoral success of challenger parties have transformed regional party competition in Italy, Spain and United Kingdom.

Scantamburlo, M., S. Alonso and B. Gómez (2018) "Democratic regeneration in European peripheral regions: new politics for the territory?", West European Politics 41(3): 615-639

Member of the RMP appointed as a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute

Laura Cabeza, member of our research team, has been appointed as a Max Weber Fellow for the academic year 2018/2019 at the European University Institute in Florence. She plans to elaborate a research grant proposal to extend internationally our project by incorporating new countries in the RMP dataset.

New article in Electoral Studies

In this article published in Electoral Studies, Laura Cabeza analyses whether citizens decide their vote in three different second-order elections (i.e., local, regional and European) driven by level-specific considerations, and when are they more likely to do so.

Cabeza, L. (2018) "First-order thinking in second-order contests: A comparison of local, regional and European elections in Spain", Electoral Studies 53: 29-38

New article in Publius: The Journal of Federalism

With data from the Regional Manifestos Project, this article published in Publius: The Journal of Federalism demonstrates that regional branches of national parties do not limit regional election campaigns to regional issues. On the contrary, they nationalize regional elections (i.e., emphasize national-level issues in regional campaigns) as an electoral strategy to win votes.

Cabeza, L., S. Alonso and B. Gómez (2017) "How National Parties Nationalize Regional Elections: The Case of Spain", Publius: The Journal of Federalism 47(1), 77-98

Two new PhD theses carried out within our project

We are pleased to announce that two doctoral theses using the Regional Manifestos Project dataset have been successfully defended within our project. Laura Cabeza defended her dissertation entitled 'Party Strategies and Voting Behaviour in Multi-level States' in 2017 at the University of Cologne. Matthias Scantamburlo obtained his PhD at the University of Innsbruck in 2016 with his thesis entitled 'Etnhoregionalist Parties and Multidimensional Competition: an Analysis of Party Strategies in South Tirol and the Basque Country'.

New article in Party Politics

The last Special Issue of Party Politics, edited by Anwen Elias, Edina Szöcsik and Christina Zuber, includes our article "Parties' electoral strategies in a two-dimensional political space: Evidence from Spain and Great Britain".

Alonso, S., L. Cabeza and B. Gómez (2015) “Parties’ electoral strategies in a two-dimensional political space. Evidence from Spain and Great Britain”, Party Politics 21(6), 851-865

Two new chapters

We have recently published two chapters (in Spanish and Catalan) in the following collective books:

Gómez, B., L. Cabeza and S. Alonso (2014): “Los partidos estatales ante el laberinto autonómico”, in Pallarés, F. (ed.) Elecciones autonómicas 2009-2012. Madrid: CIS, 75-109.

Gómez, B. and L. Cabeza (2015) “Els programes electorals en les eleccions catalanes del 25 de noviembre del 2012”, in Pont Sorribes, C. and A. Capdevila Gómez (eds.) Del carrer a les urnes: el dret a decidir, en campanya. Barcelona: Documenta Universitaria, 71-96.

New article in Comparative European Politics

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In this article, we disentangle the issues that regionalist parties emphasize in their manifestos and show the different ways in which a regionalist party can present its nationalist credentials according to the strategic needs imposed by each particular context. Against one stream of literature that considers regionalist parties as single-issue or niche parties, we use the RMP data to demonstrate that far from limiting their issue appeal to just one dimension of competition, regionalist parties have a highly diversified issue portfolio.

Alonso, S., L. Cabeza and B. Gómez (2017) “Disentangling peripheral parties’ issue packages in subnational elections”, Comparative European Politics 15(2): 240–263

New publication

We have collaborated with a chapter about Spain in the book Regional and National Elections in Western Europe. Edited by Régis Dandoy and Arjan Schakel, this book brings together leading experts on elections who analyze differences between regional and national electoral outcomes in thirteen West European countries between 1945 and 2011.

Gómez, B. and L. Cabeza (2013) “Spain: The persistence of Territorial Cleavages and Centralism of the Popular Party”, in Dandoy, R. and A.H. Shakel (eds.) Regional and National Elections in Western Europe. Basingstoke/Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 196-215

New publications

We have published two electoral reports about the results of the latest Basque and Andalusian Elections. We use data from the Regional Manifestos Project in both of them.

Gómez, B. and L. Cabeza (2013) "Basque Regional Elections 2012: The Return of Nationalism under under the Influence of the Economic Crisis", Regional & Federal Studies 23(4): 495-505

Gómez, B., L. Cabeza and I. Palacios (2012) "Double Punishment for Regional and National Incumbents: The March 2012 Regional Election in Andalusia", South European Society and Politics 18(4): 591-610

New dataset update

We have updated the dataset to include the last Galician parliamentary election (21 October 2012), as well as some of the Spanish manifestos from different regions of the 2003-2007 period. You can download the dataset by clicking here.

Citizens’ perception of party ideology (in Spanish)

With recent data from the Center for Sociological Research (CIS) we have made a graph on how citizens place the Spanish political parties on the right-left scale. Differences by region are striking. Have a look here.

The lenght of electoral manifestos (in Spanish)

In our latest post published by Agenda Pública we wonder why political parties write such long electoral manifestos. Read it here.

Debate on the State of the Nation in Spain (in Spanish)

We have analized the speeches of the parlamientary debate on the State of the Nation held on february. Click here to see the different parties' priorities on a graph.

Do Spanish state-wide parties say the same in all the regions? (in Spanish)

FInd out if PP and PSOE defend the same position in all Spain or, by contrast, they change their discourses depending on the region in which they compite, in the last Zoom Político of Fundación Alternativas.

New article in Regional & Federal Studies Journal

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In this article we present the Regional Manifestos Project and our methodology for measuring the position of political parties along the territorial dimension (centre–periphery) based on quantitative content analysis of parties' election programs.

Alonso, S., Gómez, B. and L. Cabeza (2013): "Measuring Centre–Periphery Preferences: The Regional Manifestos Project", Regional & Federal Studies 23(2): 189-211

New post: So many People's Parties as regions (in Spanish)

People's Party (PP) often presents itself as a party that defends the same in all the Spanish regions. However, our data point in the opposite direction. Find it out in our post for Agenda Pública here.

New post: CiU and ERC, a strange couple (in Spanish)

We publish today a new post in Agenda Pública in which we analyse the differences between the electoral programs of CiU and ERC. You can read it here.

Dataset update

The manifestos of the last Basque elections (21 October 2012) and Catalan elections (25 November 2012) have been added to the dataset. The parties included are PP, PSOE, IU, PNV and Bildu, for the Basque elections, and  PP, PSC, CiU, ICV-EUiA, ERC, Ciutadans and CUP, for the Catalan elections. You can download the data by clicking here: dataset download.

Recent publications

Alonso, S., A. Volkens and B. Gömez (2012) "Content-analyzing Political Texts. A Quantitative Approach"Cuadernos Metodológicos 47. Madrid: Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas (CIS)

Alonso, S. (2012) Challenging the State: Devolution and the Battle for Partisan Credibility. A Comparison of Belgium, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Oxford: Oxford University Press

New post: Regional elections in Catalonia 25N (in Spanish)

Latest post in our blog on the regional elections in Catalonia. We have uploaded a comparative table that shows the emphasis that manifestos give to different policy fields and issues. Many parties to choose from... and they are not all the same. You can see it here.

New post: CiU would lose the elections in Scotland (in Spanish)

Today we compare in the Catalonia that CiU wants and the Scotland that the Scottish National Party proposes. You can read the post here.

New post: Regional elections in Catalonia 25N (in Spanish)

As we did before during the Basque regional elections, we have followed the Catalan regional elections in our blog through a detailed analysis of the content of the competing parties' manifestos. Our first post on the Catalan elections compares CiU's manifestos in 2010 and 2012. Would you like to know whether there are relevant positional changes in this two-year period? Visit our blog clicking here.

New post: Regional elections in Basque Country 21O (in Spanish)

An analysis of the differences between the electoral programs of the main Basque political parties and the messages that their candidates send in Twitter in