About the CAP

The Comparative Agendas Project (CAP) brings together scholars developing systematic indicators of issue attention within their nations’ political systems.

The CAP extends the Policy Agendas Project topic system, originally developed for the United States, to other nations (www.policyagendas.org). This system classifies events (e.g. bills, parliamentary questions, or media stories) for topic, making it possible to study the frequency of such events, and to enable scholars to find and investigate particular events in more detail.

The 19 major topics of the taxonomy (e.g. defense or health) and 200+ subtopics (e.g. military personnel or hospitals) are comprehensive and applied consistently across time. As a result, they can be used to reliably compare issue attention longitudinally, across decision-making venues, and between nations.

The 2015 CAP Conference will be held in Lisbon, the 22-24th June, at ISCTE-IUL (Instituto Universitário de Lisboa) and Universidade Nova de Lisboa. A call for papers will be circulated in early January.

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