A New Approach to Map and Quantify Representative Claims and Measure Their Validation: A Case Study Analysis

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A New Approach to Map and Quantify Representative Claims and Measure Their Validation: A Case Study Analysis


  • Viola Joschko Department of Political Science, Goethe University, Germany
  • Luis Glaser Department of Computer Science, Goethe University, Germany


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Abstract:  Relying on the theory of Saward (2010) and Disch (2015), we study political representation through the lens of representative claim-making. We identify a gap between the theoretical concept of claim-making and the empirical (quantitative) assessment of representative claims made in the real world’s representative contexts. Therefore, we develop a new approach to map and quantify representative claims in order to subsequently measure the reception and validation of the claims by the audience. To test our method, we analyse all the debates of the German parliament concerned with the introduction of the gender quota in German supervisory boards from 2013 to 2017 in a two-step process. At first, we assess which constituencies the MPs claim to represent and how they justify their stance. Drawing on multiple correspondence analysis, we identify different claim patterns. Second, making use of natural language processing techniques and logistic regression on social media data, we measure if and how the asserted claims in the parliamentary debates are received and validated by the respective audience. We come to the conclusion that the constituency as ultimate judge of legitimacy has not been comprehensively conceptualized yet.

Keywords:  multiple correspondence analysis; parliamentary debate; reception; representation; representative claims; Saward; social media; women’s quota

Published:   24 September 2019


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/pag.v7i3.2150


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