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Professor Kenneth Benoit

Professor - Quantitative Social Sciences (Political Science)

 

Research Associate (International Integration Studies (IIIS))


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   EU Politics   Eastern Europe   Econometric and statistical analysis   Electoral systems   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
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American Political Science Assocation 1993 present
Midwest Political Science Association 1998 present
Political Studies Association of Ireland
Michael Laver and Kenneth Benoit, The Basic Arithmetic of Legislative Decisions, American Journal of Political Science, 2014, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
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
Kenneth Benoit and Michael Laver, The Dimensionality Of Political Space: Epistemological And Methodological Considerations, European Union Politics, 13, (2), 2012, p194 - 218, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Däubler, Thomas, Kenneth Benoit, Slava Mikhaylov, and Michael Laver., Natural Sentences as Valid Units for Coded Political Texts, British Journal of Political Science, 42, (4), 2012, p937 - 951, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Benoit, Kenneth, Michael Laver, Will Lowe, and Slava Mikhaylov, How to scale coded text units without bias: A response to Gemenis., Electoral Studies, 31, 2012, p605 - 608, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Gail McElroy and Kenneth Benoit, Policy Positioning in the European Parliament, European Union Politics, 13, (1), 2012, p150 - 167, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Kenneth Benoit and Michael Marsh, Incumbent and challenger campaign spending effects in proportional electoral systems: the Irish elections of 2002, Political Research Quarterly, 63, (1), 2010, p159-173 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Gail McElroy & Kenneth Benoit, Party Policy and Group Affiliation in the European Parliament, British Journal of Political Science, 40, (2), 2010, p377 - 398, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Party Group Switching in the European Parliament in, editor(s)Heller, William and Carol Mershon , Legislative Party Switching and the Foundations of Political Parties, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, pp147-172 , [Gail McElroy and Kenneth Benoit], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Kenneth Benoit, Slava Mikhaylov, and Michael Laver, Treating Words as Data with Error: Uncertainty in Text Statements of Policy Positions, American Journal of Political Science, 53, (2), 2009, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
  

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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 Estratégicos (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 Software Award 1998
APSA Best Research Web Site Award 1999
Government of Ireland Research Fellowship 2002-2003
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.