Politicians communicate their policy positions, but also stories about their personal lives and their perspective on the world. In doing so, what they will say and how they will say it? How much emotion will they put in their words? How complicated will they make their sentences? By doing this politicians reveal something of their personality. In the Hot Politics Lab we analyze all preceding questions, and we aim to develop a model that predicts what politicians will say (topic, position) and how they will say this. Are politicians strategic and will they tailor their messages to public opinion, or are politicians unable to adapt, and does personality explain their communication? We will find out. You will find some of our preliminary findings in the publications, working papers and blogs mentioned below.


Paul Marx & Gijs Schumacher (forthcoming). The effect of economic change and elite framing on support for welfare state retrenchment: a survey experiment. Journal of European Social Policy.

Christian Elmelund-Præstekær, Michael Baggesen Klitgaard & Gijs Schumacher (2015). What Wins Public Support? Communicating or Obfuscating Welfare State Retrenchment. European Political Science Review, 7, 3.

Gijs Schumacher (2015). When does the Left do the Right thing? A study of party position change on welfare policies. Party Politics, 21, 1.

Gijs Schumacher & Kees van Kersbergen (2014). Do mainstream parties adapt to the welfare chauvinism of populist parties? Party Politics, OnlineFirst.

Gijs Schumacher, Catherine de Vries & Barbara Vis (2013). Why do Parties change Position? Party organization and environmental incentives. Journal of Politics, 75, 2, 464-477

Gijs Schumacher, Marc van de Wardt, Barbara Vis & Michael Baggesen Klitgaard (2015). How Aspiration to Office Conditions the Impact of Government Participation on Party Platform Change. American Journal of Political Science, 59, 4.

Working papers

Bakker, Schoonvelde & Schumacher. Psychology in Text.

Brosius, Bakker, Schoonvelde & Schumacher. Complexity, Nouns and Ideology.

Traber, Schoonvelde & Schumacher. Blame Avoidance in Leader Speeches during the Economic Crisis in Europe.



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