The U.S. Policy Agendas Project, in conjunction with the Comparative Agendas Project (CAP), is please to announce the release of a new website and trends analysis tool that will give scholars, students, and journalists alike the opportunity to compare previously unavailable policy data across political systems and countries.
The website — www.comparativeagendas.net — is a collaborative project by worldwide policy scholars and the University of Texas College of Liberal Arts to visualizes and catalogue policy activities according to a universal and consistent coding scheme.
The Comparative Agendas Project globalizes the Policy Agendas Project topic system, originally developed in 1993 for the United States by Bryan Jones and Frank Baumgartner (www.comparativeagendas.net/US). The new, Comparative Agendas website builds upon these efforts to establish a central and regularly updated repository for multi-system and multi-country data coded according to a common and comparable coding scheme adopted in 2014. Users will be able to access data from 20 countries, 2 U.S. states and the European Union all from one central webpage. Additionally, the new trends tool will allow for on-the-fly comparison of data across time, policy area, and country. Policy outputs accessible on the website include legislative, executive, media, public opinion, interest groups, and judicial behaviors. Examples of the type of comparisons accessible on the website include cross-country visualizations of economic legislation in the U.S. Congress and the U.K. parliament or contrasts of media coverage on energy or defense issues in Denmark and Belgium.
U.S. data is accessible directly at www.comparativeagendas.net/us
The new website will ultimately replace the U.S. Policy Agendas Project website (www.policyagendas.org). Although this site will still be accessible through the end of June 2016, datasets will no longer be updated on this site.
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