Discussion paper

DP17270 Analyzing the Agenda of the U.K. Parliament Over the Long Run

This article develops a method for quantitatively tracking the agenda of the British Parliament -- by which I mean the substantive topics on which Parliamentary debate was focused -- from 1810-2005 using descriptions of 1.7 million Parliamentary debates from the Parliamentary Hansard. This provides a new tool for analyzing the evolution of the British political system across nearly two centuries. I describe and validate this new measure and then present an application that focuses on assessing the influence of the party in government on the Parliamentary agenda.

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Citation

Hanlon, W (2022), “DP17270 Analyzing the Agenda of the U.K. Parliament Over the Long Run”, CEPR Press Discussion Paper No. 17270. https://new.cepr.org/publications/dp17270