Observatory for Political Texts in European Democracies - A European Research Infrastructure
1 October 2020 - 30 September 2023
PI/s in Exeter: Professor Susan Banducci
About the research
Professor Susan Banducci is the Exeter PI for this Horizon-funded project which runs from 1 October 2020 - 30 September 2023.
The funding awarded amounts to€2998500. Understanding the challenges to liberal democracy across Europe and supporting its resilience and sustainability, now more than ever requires us to better systematize and to make transparent the activities and behaviours that take place at all stages of the political process. Social scientists are nowadays in a unique position to systematically observe political and societal developments empirically and more closely than ever before if they were to fully exploit the possibilities of the vast amounts of semi-structured textual data and the computational techniques that are available.
Political texts produced by the media, individual-, collective and institutional political actors like politicians, political parties, governments, or by citizens and non-governmental organizations, offer a remarkable opportunity to observe and understand social and political processes better than hitherto possible. Obstacles to such exploitation lie in the fragmentation of the research field, the domain, and context sensitivity of tools, the only evolving standardizations and routines of data sharing and validation, and in unclear legal and ethical frameworks.