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Policy Agendas Project Releasing New Datasets

Tue, August 28, 2012

The Policy Agendas Project (, directed by Bryan D. Jones at the University of Texas at Austin, announces the release of two new datasets: Policy Moods and Encyclopedia of Associations.

The Policy Moods dataset, compiled by James A. Stimson and K. Elizabeth Coggins, applies the well-known 'Mood' measure to the Policy Agendas subtopic codes. Using nearly 400 survey questions across 60 years and 8,000 administrations, the Policy Moods dataset includes dozens of high quality policy-specific mood measures. The data will interest those studying the dynamics of public opinion as they relate to public policy inputs and outcomes.

The Encyclopedia of Associations dataset, compiled by Frank R. Baumgartner, John D. McCarthy, and Shaun Bevan, classifies thousands of U.S. associations across Policy Agendas major topic codes. These data will interest those studying interest group population dynamics as they relate to government, media, and public agendas. Complete data are available in 5-year intervals from 1970-2005 as well as estimated annual counts for the full period. A complete description of coverage and important details concerning the lag between reported copyright years and the information they represent is included in the corresponding data codebook.

These new datasets supplement recent improvements to the Policy Agendas website’s Trends Analysis Tool. The tool now features the Roll Calls dataset and data from John Wilkerson and E. Scott Adler’s Congressional Bills Project. The Roll Calls, Bills, and Hearings data can now be compared across congressional chambers.

Other project datasets have been updated with observations from the following years:

  • Congressional Hearings (2008)
  • CQ Almanac (2008-2010)
  • Public Laws (2008-2010)
  • Executive Orders (2004-July 2012)
  • State of the Union (2006-2012)
  • Supreme Court Cases (2006-2009)
  • New York Times (2006-2009)

Further updates to the Congressional Hearings, Roll Calls, and the Most Important Problem datasets are planned for a fall 2012 release. Click here to join the mailing list for data notifications.

Read more about visualizing Policy Agendas data, courtesy of Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services.

Email Trey Thomas, Project Manager, at with any questions.



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