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Natural Sentences as Valid Units for Coded Political Texts

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Däubler (email: is at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES); Benoit is at the London School of Economics (Methodology Institute) and Trinity College Dublin (Political Science); Mikhaylov is at University College London (Department of Political Science), and Laver is at New York University (Department of Politics). The authors would like to thank Daniela Braun and Hermann Schmitt for valuable comments and kind permission to reproduce some of the experimental results discussed in Braun, Mikhaylov and Schmitt (2010). An earlier version of this Research Note was presented at the ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops in St. Gallen, 2011, and the authors would also like to thank the participants in the workshop entitled ‘The how and why of party manifestos in new and established democracies’, for helpful feedback.

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