Research Assistant/PhD Candidate 1

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: Temporary
Deadline: 17 Jan 2021

Name and description of the research project:

‘Institutionalization of political parties in the parliaments of Central Europe - data mining of parliamentary debates’ (OPUS 17 No. 2019/33/B/HS5/02648, financed by the National Science Centre)

The research objective is an analysis of institutionalization of political parties since the democratic transition in five Central European countries (Poland, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Slovakia and Hungary) as reflected in parliamentary discourse and voting. The goal will be accomplished using a set of data mining methods of analysis of textual (parliamentary debates) and numerical (roll-call voting) data on an innovative database which will be created in the project. We will analyse in particular:

- how and by which parties new political issues were introduced to public discourse;

- how the semantic content of individual issues, their context and salience changed in the parliamentary debates;

- what is the relationship between the level of cohesiveness in parliamentary speeches regarding key political issues and party capability of influencing the behaviours of other political parties;

- what are relationships between: party cohesion in debates, unity in legislative voting and party splits;

Principal Investigator: dr Agnieszka Kwiatkowska (kwiatkowska.agnieszka.es)

Tasks:

  • Management and updating of a database of parliamentary speeches;
  • Analysis and visualization of qualitative and quantitative data collected in the project; -
  • Testing and improving analysis methods of parliamentary data;
  • Participation in writing of research articles, books and presenting the results of the project on conferences, seminars and in media;

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