Nationalist Party Discourse

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Nationalist Party Discourse

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The Nationalist Party Discourse Dataset provides data on nationalist party communication across European countries between 2012 and 2021, hand-coded from a EU/Brexit news corpus. It captures the discourse of ten eurosceptic parties in ten EU member states (Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and Spain) evolved over the course of the Brexit process in the UK between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2021. The data are based on an EU and Brexit news corpus, which has been compiled using the LexisNexis API in the context of the DISINTEGRATION project, headed by Stefanie Walter, at the University of Zurich ( Based on this corpus, the data were hand-coded in the context of work on the “Learning from Precedent” project (Martini & Walter 2023), but are more extensive than the replication data for the paper. The analysis includes all media articles in our corpus that mention the EU at least once and contain the names, abbreviations, or synonyms of a nationalist party in close proximity to a EU reference. The dataset classified the resulting sentences containing EU-related statements by nationalist politicians into four categories based how aggressively party representatives position themselves toward the EU, ranging from implicit acceptance of the current level of EU integration (Status Quo, least aggressive) to statements calling for an unconditional withdrawal from the EU, irrespective of whether EU reforms are undertaken or not (Leave, most aggressive). A second variable focuses on the substance of critique and distinguishes between policy and institutional critique. More information can also be found here: Martini, Marco & Stefanie Walter (2023). “Learning from Precedent: How the British Brexit Experience Shapes Nationalist Rhetoric outside the UK.” Journal of European Public Policy.

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The documentation was prepared by Marco Martini and Stefanie Walter. It contains detailed information on the corpus and datafile construction, party and country coverage, codebook, and a variable description.

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Martini, Marco & Walter, Stefanie (2023). Nationalist Party Discourse (1.0.0) [Dataset]. FORS data service.

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