Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl

Professor Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey  


Position held

Professor in Political Science


Experience keywords:

19th Century British trade policy; US legislative politics; automated textual analysis; political economy of monetary policy

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Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey is Professor in Political Science in the Government Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she teaches courses in the politics of economic policy and legislative politics.

Her research interests are in political economy and quantitative textual analysis. By measuring the words, arguments and deliberation of politicians and policy makers, she aims to gauge the extent to which ideas, interests and institutions shape political behavior.
She is author and editor of several books on trade policy and monetary policy.

Her most recent book, Deliberating American Monetary Policy: A Textual Analysis, seeks to examine the role and influence of deliberation in US monetary policy in two institutional settings—the decision making body itself (the Federal Open Market Committee) and the congressional oversight committees (House and Senate).

In her earlier book ( From the Corn Laws to Free Trade: Interests, Ideas, and Institutions in Historical Perspective) she uses a variety of methodological tools to gauge both qualitative and quantitative data from the nineteenth century to resolve the long-standing puzzle of Britain's policy shift to free trade.

She has published many articles on nineteenth century trade policy, as well as on more contemporary topics, like political rhetoric on US national security by George Bush and John Kerry, civil religion in presidential rhetoric, and US Senate debates on partial-birth abortion. These appear in the American Political Science Review, World Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Political Analysis, PS: Political Science and Politics, and Parliamentary History.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Britain; USA

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 7187



Ostapenko, Laura and Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl and Walling Sublette, Jessica and Smink, Douglas S. and Osman, Nora Y. (2018) Textual analysis of general surgery residency personal statements: topics and gender differences Journal of Surgical Education, 75 (5). ISSN 1931-7204 (In Press)


Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (2017) Smile or smirk? Why nonverbal behaviour matters in parliamentary hearings British Politics and Policy at LSE (19 Sep 2017) Blog entry

Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (2017) Nonverbal contention and contempt in UK parliamentary oversight hearings on fiscal and monetary policy Politics and the Life Sciences, 36 (1). 27-46. ISSN 0730-9384


Bholat, David and Hansen, Stephen and Santos, Pedro and Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (2015) Text mining for central banks: handbook Centre for Central Banking Studies (33). 1-19. ISSN 1756-7270

Osman, Nora Y. and Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl and Walling, Jessica L. and Katz, Joel T. and Alexander, Erik K. (2015) Textual analysis of internal medicine residency personal statements: themes and gender differences Medical Education, 49 (1). 93-102. ISSN 0308-0110

Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (2013) Videos relating to textual analysis in Schonhardt-Bailey, Deliberating Monetary Policy: 3 Dimensional Graphs of Composite House of Representatives Hearings on Monetary Policy Report (1976-2008)

Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (2013) Videos relating to textual analysis in Schonhardt-Bailey, Deliberating Monetary Policy: Comparing Alceste and TLab 3D images of clusters, using Senate Hearings on Monetary Policy Report (1976-2008)

Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (2013) Congress has a very limited ability to hold central bankers to account LSE American Politics and Policy (13 Nov 2013) Blog entry

Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (2013) Deliberating American monetary policy: a textual analysis MIT Press, London, UK. ISBN 9780262019576


Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (2012) Is there a single ‘right’ way to study political text? Methodsnews, Summer. 2-2.

Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl and Yager, Edward and Lahlou, Saadi (2012) Yes, Ronald Reagan’s rhetoric was unique—but statistically, how unique? Presidential Studies Quarterly, 42 (3). 482-513. ISSN 1741-5705


Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (2009) Book review: Robert Pahre, "politics and trade cooperation in the nineteenth century: the 'agreeable customs' of 1815 - 1914" Economic History Review, 62 (2). 508-509. ISSN 0013-0117


Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (2008) Book review: Walter Russell Mead, "God and gold: Britain, America, and the making of the modern world" Journal of American History, 95 (1). 175-176. ISSN 0021-8723

Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (2008) The congressional debate on partial-birth abortion: constitutional gravitas and moral passion British Journal of Political Science, 38 (3). 383-410. ISSN 0007-1234

Duckenfield, Mark and Bannerman, Gordon and Howe, Anthony and Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl, eds (2008) Battles over free trade: Anglo-American experiences with international trade, 1776-2006 Pickering & Chatto (Publishers) Ltd, London, UK. ISBN 9781851969357

Bailey, Andrew and Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (2008) Does deliberation matter in FOMC monetary policymaking?: the Volcker Revolution of 1979 Political Analysis, 16 (4). 404-427. ISSN 1047-1987


Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (2007) Book review: Lance LeLoup, "parties, rules and the evolution of congressional budgeting" Journal of Legislative Studies, 13 (2). 328-329. ISSN 1357-2334


Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (2006) From the Corn Laws to free trade: interests, ideas and institutions in historical perspective MIT Press, Cambridge, MA. ISBN 9780262195430


Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (2005) Measuring ideas more effectively: an analysis of Bush and Kerry's national security speeches PS - Political Science and Politics, 38 (4). 701-711. ISSN 1049-0965


Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (2003) Ideology, party and interests in the British Parliament of 1841–47 British Journal of Political Science, 33 (4). 581-605. ISSN 0007-1234


Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (2001) Trade policy In: Barry Jones, R.J., (ed.) Routledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy. Routledge, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 9780415145329

McGillivray, Fiona and McLean, Iain and Pahre, Robert and Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (2001) International trade and political institutions: instituting trade in the long nineteenth century Elgar monographs. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK. ISBN 978-1840646900


Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (2000) Book review: Kevin H. O'Rourke & Jeffrey G. Williamson, "globalization and history: the evolution of a nineteenth-century Atlantic economy" Journal of American History, 87 (3). 1020-1021. ISSN 0021-8723


Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (1999) 19th Century British Data


Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl and Prueher, Elizabeth Flanagan (1998) John Bright In: Brack, Duncan, (ed.) Dictionary of Liberal Biography. Politico's Publishing, London, UK, 55-56. ISBN 1902301099

Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl and Prueher, Elizabeth Flanagan (1998) Richard Cobden In: Brack, Duncan, (ed.) Dictionary of Liberal Biography. Politico's Publishing, London, UK, 82-84. ISBN 1902301099

Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (1998) Interests, ideology and politics: agricultural trade policy in nineteenth century Britain and Germany In: Marrison, Andrew, (ed.) Free Trade and Its Reception, 1815-1960: Freedom and Trade. Routledge explorations in economic history, 1 (8). Routledge, London, UK, 63-79. ISBN 0415155274

Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (1998) 19th Century Germany Data

Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (1998) Parties and interests in the ‘marriage of iron and rye' British Journal of Political Science, 28 (2). 291-330. ISSN 0007-1234


Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl, ed (1997) Free trade reappraised: the new secondary literature The rise of free trade, volume. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 0415156319

Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl, ed (1997) Era of freer trade 1849-1904 The rise of free trade, volume (3). Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 0415156300

Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl, ed (1997) Protectionism and its critics 1815-1837 The rise of free trade, volume (1). Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 0415156289

Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl, ed (1997) Assault on the corn laws, 1838-1846 The rise of free trade, volume (2). Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 0415156297


Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl, ed (1996) Free trade: the repeal of the corn laws Key issues series, 10. Thoemmes Press, Bristol, UK. ISBN 1855064464

(1996) Introduction: free trade: the repeal of the corn laws In: Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl, (ed.) Free Trade: the Repeal of the Corn Laws. Key issues series, 10. Thoemmes Press, Bristol, UK. ISBN 1855064464


Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (1995) Linkages between industrialisation and the liberalisation of agricultural trade: Britain, Germany and Japan In: Lovenduski, Joni and Stanyer, Jeffrey, (eds.) Contemporary Political Studies. Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom, UK.

Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (1995) Book review: James Vernon, politics and the people Journal of Economic History, 55 (1). 172-173. ISSN 0022-0507

Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl and Bailey, Andrew (1995) The buck in your bank is not a vote for free trade: the effect of financial intermediation on trade preferences In: King, Desmond and Dowding, Keith, (eds.) Preferences, Institutions and Rational Choice. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 179-210. ISBN 0198278950


Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (1994) Literature review: the Uruguay round, the European Union and the regionalization of trade Newsletter of the American Political Science Association's Organized Section in Comparative Politics, 5 (1). 15-16.

Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (1994) Linking constituency interests to legislative voting behavior: the role of district economic and electoral composition in the repeal of the corn laws In: Phillips, John, (ed.) Computing Parliamentary History: From George Iii to Victoria. Parliamentary History, 13. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, UK, 86-118. ISBN 074860488x

Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl and Bulmer, Martin and McKennell, Aubrey (1994) Training in quantitative methods for postgraduate social scientists: the view from the others side of the fence In: Burgess, Robert. G., (ed.) Postgraduate Education and Training in the Social Sciences: Processes and Prospects. Higher education policy series (19). Jessica Kingsley, London, UK, 182-203. ISBN 185302533x


Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl and Bulmer, Martin and McKennell, Aubrey (1993) What researchers think about postgraduate training in quantitative methods SRA Newsletter. 10-13.

Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl and Bulmer, Martin and Sykes, Wendy and McKennell, Aubrey (1993) The profession of social research in Britain In: Sykes, Wendy and Bulmer, Martin and Schwerzel, Marleen, (eds.) Directory of Social Research Organisations in the Uk. Mansell, London, UK, 5-13. ISBN 9780720123715


Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (1991) Lessons in lobbying for free trade from 19th-Century Britain: to concentrate or not American Political Science Review, 85 (1). 37-58. ISSN 1537-5943

Schonhardt-Bailey, Cheryl (1991) Specific factors, capital markets, portfolio diversification and free trade: domestic determinants of the repeal of the Corn Laws World Politics, 43 (4). 545-569. ISSN 0043-8871

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