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Understanding state preferences with text as data: introducing the UN General Debate corpus

Baturo, Alexander orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-1108-5287, Dasandi, Niheer orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-8708-837X and Mikhaylov, Slava J. (2017) Understanding state preferences with text as data: introducing the UN General Debate corpus. Research & Politics, 4 (2). ISSN 2053-1680

Every year at the United Nations, member states deliver statements during the General Debate discussing major issues in world politics. These speeches provide invaluable information on governments’ perspectives and preferences on a wide range of issues, but have largely been overlooked in the study of international politics. This paper introduces a new dataset consisting of over 7,300 country statements from 1970–2014. We demonstrate how the UN General Debate Corpus (UNGDC) can be used to derive country positions on different policy dimensions using text analytic methods. The paper provides applications of these estimates, demonstrating the contribution the UNGDC can make to the study of international politics.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Policy preferences; foreign policy; United Nations; text as data
Subjects:Social Sciences > International relations
Social Sciences > Political science
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:SAGE Publications
Official URL:https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2053168017712821
Copyright Information:© 2017 SAGE Publications. Open Access (CC-BY-4.0)
Funders:Dublin City University Enhancing Performance Award
ID Code:25594
Deposited On:08 Mar 2021 16:03 by Thomas Murtagh . Last Modified 08 Mar 2021 16:03

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