Building and Testing a Comparative Interface on Northwest European Historical Parliamentary Debates : Relative Term Frequency Analysis of British Representative Democracy
Ihalainen, P., Janssen, B., Marjanen, J., & Vaara, V. (2022). Building and Testing a Comparative Interface on Northwest European Historical Parliamentary Debates : Relative Term Frequency Analysis of British Representative Democracy. In M. La Mela, F. Norén, & E. Hyvönen (Eds.), Proceedings of the Digital Parliamentary Data in Action (DiPaDA 2022) workshop (pp. 52-68). RWTH Aachen. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, 3133. http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-3133/paper04.pdf
Published inCEUR Workshop Proceedings
DisciplineYleinen historiaGeneral History
© Authors, 2022
Tensions between the people and parliament over representation are a normal feature of representative democracies. In this paper, we demonstrate how digital humanities analysis tools help in answering questions about the timing of debates on popular representation, tensions over its realization, and representatives’ changing perceptions on their parliamentary role. Our long-term approach to the conceptual history of political representation is based on the analysis of digitized parliamentary debates as nexuses of multi-sited political discourse. We combine computer-assisted distant and context-sensitive close reading to consider diachronic trends and synchronic political struggles surrounding political representation. Collocation analyses and visualizations of relative term frequencies reveal long-term patterns and anomalies, lead to new research questions, and justify the selection of cases for qualitative analysis. Here we present the first steps in the construction of a comparative interface, People and Parliament, that will include debates from several Northwest European parliaments. The interface is built on I-Analyzer, a web-based text and data mining application developed by the Utrecht University Digital Humanities Lab. We illustrate its potential with an example from the British parliament since the 2000s to demonstrate how, under an unwritten constitution, various forms of participatory democracy ranging from e-democracy to referendums have gained ground against representative democracy. While the Brexit referendum first appeared as a response to calls for strengthening direct democracy, it revealed difficulties in reconciling representative and participatory democracy. ...
ConferenceDigital Parliamentary Data in Action
Is part of publicationProceedings of the Digital Parliamentary Data in Action (DiPaDA 2022) workshop
ISSN Search the Publication Forum1613-0073
interface building parliamentary debates term frequency analysis representative democracy participatory democracy conceptual history vaikuttaminen parlamentarismi kansanedustuslaitokset edustuksellinen demokratia kansanäänestykset e-demokratia osallistuminen suora demokratia poliittinen osallistuminen käsitehistoria tiedonlouhinta brexit lähiluku
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Related funder(s)Academy of Finland
Funding program(s)Research post as Academy Professor, AoF; Research costs of Academy Professor, AoF
Additional information about fundingThis research has been funded by the Academy of Finland, funding decision numbers 336709 and 345111.
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