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Professor Kenneth Benoit

Professor - Quantitative Social Sciences (Political Science)

Kenneth Benoit is currently Professor of Quantitative Social Sciences and Head, Department of Political Science, at Trinity College, University of Dublin. He received his Ph.D. (1998) from Harvard University, Department of Government. Professor Benoit's substantive research interests include comparative party competition, the European Parliament, electoral systems, and transitions to democracy. Much of his recent work involves estimating the electoral effects of campaign spending. He is also a leading specialist on Hungarian elections and the Hungarian electoral system. His methodological interests include statistical methodologies for the social sciences, especially those relating to measurement and quantitative text analysis. Recent data large-scale measurement projects in which he has been involved include estimating policy positions of political parties through expert surveys, manifesto coding, and text analysis. He also work occasionally as a consultant for political parties, governmental organizations, and media for all business related to elections, especially computer modeling and forecasting of election outcomes.
  Constituency Boundaries: Ireland   Constitutuency Boundaries: UK & Northern Ireland   Dynamic Models of Government   Eastern Europe   Econometric and statistical analysis   Electoral systems   EU Politics   Globalisation   Hungary Elections   Hungary: Electoral System   Hungary: Political Parties   Irish Political Parties   Irish politics, election study, electoral behaviour   Legislative Institutions   Party and government formation   Political Campaign Finance   Political Campaign Spending   Political parties   Statistical and simulation methodologies
 Globalisation and Party Competition
 Comparative Models of Spatial Competition
 The application of computerized content analysis tools to extract commerically valuable information automatically from texts.
 Domestic Structures of European Integration
 World Database of Parties, Elections, and Governments

Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Fluent Basic Basic
Hungarian Medium Basic Fluent
Details Date From Date To
Midwest Political Science Association 1998 present
Political Studies Association of Ireland
American Political Science Assocation 1993 present
Julio Amador, Sofia Collignon-Delmar, Kenneth Benoit, and Akitaka Matsuo, Predicting the Brexit Vote by Tracking and Classifying Public Opinion Using Twitter Data, Statistics, Politics and Policy, 2018, Journal Article, IN_PRESS
Daniel Schwarz, Denise Traber, and Kenneth Benoit, Estimating Intra-Party Preferences: Comparing Speeches to Votes, Political Science Research and Methods, 5, (2), 2017, p379 - 396, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Kasper Welbers, Wouter van Atteveldt, and Kenneth Benoit, Text analysis in R, Communications Methods and Measures, 11, (4), 2017, p245 - 265, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Kenneth Benoit, Kevin Munger, Arthur Spirling, Measuring and Explaining Political Sophistication Through Textual Complexity, SSRN Electronic Journal , 2017, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Benoit, Kenneth, Drew Conway, Benjamin E. Lauderdale, Michael Laver, and Slava Mikhaylov, Crowd-Sourced Text Analysis: Reproducible and Agile Production of Political Data, American Political Science Review, 110, (2), 2016, p278 - 291, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Paul Nulty, Yannis Theocharis, Sebastian Adrian Popa, Olivier Parnet, and Kenneth Benoit, Social Media and Political Communication in the 2014 Elections to the European Parliament, Electoral Studies, 44, 2016, p429 - 444, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Herzog, Alexander and Kenneth Benoit, The Most Unkindest Cuts: Speaker Selection and Expressed Government Dissent During Economic Crisis, Journal of Politics, 77, (4), 2015, p1157 - 1175, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Michael Laver and Kenneth Benoit, The Basic Arithmetic of Legislative Decisions, American Journal of Political Science, 59, (2), 2015, p275 - 291, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Laver, M., Benoit, K., The basic arithmetic of legislative decisions, 2014, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Lowe, Will and Kenneth Benoit, Validating Estimates of Latent Traits From Textual Data Using Human Judgment as a Benchmark, Political Analysis, 21, 2013, p298 - 313, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL

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McElroy, Gail and Benoit, Kenneth, Party Groups and Policy Positions in the European Parliament, 2006, Notes: [Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper No. 102. ], Working Paper, PUBLISHED
Chari, Raj, Alfonso Egea de Horo, Kenneth Benoit, and Michael Laver, ``Spain and European Union Constitution-Building.'' , Notes: [Working paper 2004/17, Real Instituto Elcano de Estudios Internationales y Estrat├ęgicos (Madrid, July 18).], Working Paper, PUBLISHED
``Bargaining and Institutional Choice: The Origins of Hungary's 1989 Electoral Law.'', Schiemann, John W. and Kenneth Benoit, Notes: [1997. Center for International Affairs Working Paper No. 97-5. Harvard University. ], Working Paper, PUBLISHED
Kenneth Benoit, `Re-examining Regime Type and War Involvement.', Notes: [1994. ' Center for International Affairs Working Paper No. 94-5. Harvard University.], Working Paper, PUBLISHED


Award Date
APSA Best Research Web Site Award 1999
Government of Ireland Research Fellowship 2002-2003
APSA Best Research Software Award 1998
Government of Ireland Research Scholarship, Irish Research Council of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2006-2007
Small Project Grant, Irish Research Council of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2008-2010
I am interested in statistical methodology for the social sciences, surveys of expert judgments, computerized content analysis, statistical forecasting of election results, and the quantitative analysis of political party competition. My other research in interests include the effects of campaign finances and comparative electoral systems.