Unveiling the Political Agenda of the European Parliament Plenary: A Topical Analysis

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Title: Unveiling the Political Agenda of the European Parliament Plenary: A Topical Analysis
Authors: Greene, Derek
Cross, James P.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/6612
Date: 1-Jul-2015
Abstract: This study analyzes political interactions in the European Parliament (EP) by considering how the political agenda of the plenary sessions has evolved over time and the manner in which Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have reacted to external and internal stimuli when making Parliamentary speeches. It does so by considering the context in which speeches are made, and the content of those speeches. To detect latent themes in legislative speeches over time, speech content is analyzed using a new dynamic topic modeling method, based on two layers of matrix factorization. This method is applied to a new corpus of all English language legislative speeches in the EP plenary from the period 1999- 2014. Our findings suggest that the political agenda of the EP has evolved significantly over time, is impacted upon by the committee structure of the Parliament, and reacts to exogenous events such as EU Treaty referenda and the emergence of the Euro-crisis have a significant impact on what is being discussed in Parliament.
Funding Details: Science Foundation Ireland
Type of material: Conference Publication
Publisher: ACM
Copyright (published version): 2015 ACM
Keywords: Content analysis;Dynamic topic modeling;Political speeches;Corpora
DOI: 10.1145/2786451.2786464
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: Proceedings of the ACM Web Science Conference (WebSci '15)
Conference Details: ACM Web Science 2015, 28 June - 1 July 2015, Oxford, UK
Appears in Collections:Politics and International Relations Research Collection
Computer Science Research Collection
Insight Research Collection

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