Benoit, Kenneth

Professor Kenneth Benoit  

Department

Position held

Head of Department

 

Professor of Quantitative Social Research Methods

 

Experience keywords:

Hungarian elections; Hungarian electoral system; comparative party competition; electoral systems; statistical methodologies for the social sciences; the European Parliament; transitions to democracy

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My 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. I am also a leading specialist on Hungarian elections and the Hungarian electoral system. My 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 I have been involved include estimating policy positions of political parties through expert surveys, manifesto coding, and text analysis.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Consultancy

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Eastern Europe; European Union; Hungary; Ireland; Western Europe

Languages:

Hungarian [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Basic]

Media experience:

Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 6812

Publications

2017

Matsuo, Akitaka and Benoit, Kenneth (2017) More positive, assertive and forward-looking: how Leave won Twitter LSE Brexit (16 Mar 2017) Blog entry

2016

Benoit, Kenneth and Conway, Drew and Lauderdale, Benjamin E. and Laver, Michael and Mikhaylov, Slava (2016) Crowd-sourced text analysis: reproducible and agile production of political data American Political Science Review, 110 (2). 278-295. ISSN 0003-0554

Nulty, Paul and Theocharis, Yannis and Popa, Sebastian Adrian and Parnet, Olivier and Benoit, Kenneth (2016) Social media and political communication in the 2014 elections to the European Parliament Electoral Studies, 44. 429-444. ISSN 0261-3794

2015

Herzog, Alexander and Benoit, Kenneth (2015) The most unkindest cuts: speaker selection and expressed government dissent during economic crisis Journal of Politics, 77 (4). 1157-1175. ISSN 0022-3816

Laver, Michael and Benoit, Kenneth (2015) The basic arithmetic of legislative decisions American Journal of Political Science, 59 (2). 275-291. ISSN 0092-5853

Schwarz, Daniel and Traber, Denise and Benoit, Kenneth (2015) Estimating intra-party preferences: comparing speeches tovotes Political Science Research and Methods. ISSN 2049-8470

2013

Lowe, Will and Benoit, Kenneth (2013) Validating estimates of latent traits from textual data using human judgment as a benchmark Political Analysis, 21 (3). 298-313. ISSN 1047-1987

2012

Däubler, Thomas and Benoit, Kenneth and Mikhaylov, Slava and Laver, Michael (2012) Natural sentences as valid units for coded political texts British Journal of Political Science, 42 (04). 937-951. ISSN 1469-2112

Benoit, Kenneth and Laver, Michael and Lowe, Will and Mikhaylov, Slava (2012) How to scale coded text units without bias: a response to Gemenis Electoral Studies, 31 (3). 605-608. ISSN 0261-3794

McElroy, Gail and Benoit, Kenneth (2012) Policy positioning in the European Parliament European Union Politics, 13 (1). 150-167. ISSN 1465-1165

Benoit, Kenneth and Laver, Michael (2012) The dimensionality of political space: epistemological and methodological considerations European Union Politics, 13 (2). 194-218. ISSN 1465-1165

Mikhaylov, Slava and Laver, Michael and Benoit, Kenneth (2012) Coder reliability and misclassification in the human coding of party manifestos Political Analysis, 20 (1). 78-91. ISSN 1047-1987

2011

Lowe, Will and Benoit, Kenneth and Mikhaylov, Slava and Laver, Michael (2011) Scaling policy preferences from coded political texts Legislative Studies Quarterly, 36 (1). 123-155. ISSN 0362-9805

2010

McElroy, Gail and Benoit, Kenneth (2010) Party policy and group affiliation in the European Parliament British Journal of Political Science, 40 (02). 377. ISSN 1469-2112

Benoit, Kenneth and Marsh, Michael (2010) Incumbent and challenger campaign spending effects in proportional electoral systems: the Irish elections of 2002 Political Research Quarterly, 63 (1). 159-173. ISSN 1065-9129

2009

McElroy, Gail and Benoit, Kenneth (2009) Party group switching in the European Parliament In: Heller, William B. and Mershon, Carol, (eds.) Political Parties and Legislative Party Switching. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 9780230607552

Benoit, Kenneth and Bräuninger, Thomas and Debus, Marc (2009) Challenges for estimating policy preferences: announcing an open access archive of political documents German Politics, 18 (3). 441-454. ISSN 0964-4008

Benoit, Kenneth and Wiesehomeier, Nina (2009) Expert judgments In: Pickel, Susanne and Pickel, Gert and Lauth, Hans-Joachim and Jahn, Detlef, (eds.) Methoden Der Vergleichenden Politik- und Sozialwissenschaft. VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 497-516. ISBN 9783531161945

Benoit, Kenneth (2009) Irish political parties and policy stances on European integration Irish Political Studies, 24 (4). 447-466. ISSN 0790-7184

Wiesehomeier, Nina and Benoit, Kenneth (2009) Presidents, parties, and policy competition Journal of Politics, 71 (04). 1435. ISSN 0022-3816

Benoit, Kenneth and Marsh, Michael (2009) A relative impact ranking of political studies in Ireland Economic and Social Review, 40 (3). 269-298. ISSN 0012-9984

Benoit, Kenneth and Laver, Michael and Mikhaylov, Slava (2009) Treating words as data with error: uncertainty in text statements of policy positions American Journal of Political Science, 53 (2). 495-513. ISSN 0092-5853

2008

Giannetti, Daniela and Benoit, Kenneth (2008) Intra-party politics and coalition governments: concluding remarks In: Giannetti, Daniela and Benoit, Kenneth, (eds.) Intra-Party Politics and Coalition Governments. Routledge/ECPR studies in European political science. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415462259

Giannetti, Daniela and Benoit, Kenneth (2008) Intra-party politics and coalition governments in parliamentary democracies In: Giannetti, Daniela and Benoit, Kenneth, (eds.) Intra-Party Politics and Coalition Governments. Routledge/ECPR studies in European political science. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415462259

Benoit, Kenneth and Laver, Michael (2008) Compared to what?: a comment on "A robust transformation procedure for interpreting political text" by Martin and Vanberg Political Analysis, 16 (1). 101-111. ISSN 1047-1987

Giannetti, Daniela and Benoit, Kenneth, eds (2008) Intra-party politics and coalition governments Routledge/ECPR studies in European political science. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415462259

Benoit, Kenneth and Marsh, Michael (2008) The campaign value of incumbency: a new solution to the puzzle of less effective incumbent spending American Journal of Political Science, 52 (4). 874-890. ISSN 0092-5853

2007

Benoit, Kenneth and McElroy, Gail (2007) A policy model of party group formation in the European Parliament Occasional paper series, 2007.7. University of Tokyo, Tokyo.

Benoit, Kenneth and Laver, Michael (2007) Benchmarks for text analysis: a response to Budge and Pennings Electoral Studies, 26 (1). 130-135. ISSN 0261-3794

Benoit, Kenneth and Laver, Michael and Mikhaylov, Slava (2007) Mapping policy preferences with uncertainty: measuring and correcting error in comparative manifesto project estimates. In: Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, 30 August - 2 September 2007, Chicago, USA

McElroy, Gail and Benoit, Kenneth (2007) Party groups and policy positions in the European Parliament Party Politics, 13 (1). 5-28. ISSN 1354-0688

Benoit, Kenneth (2007) Electoral laws as political consequences: explaining the origins and change of electoral institutions Annual Review of Political Science, 10 (1). 363-390. ISSN 1094-2939

Laver, Michael and Benoit, Kenneth (2007) Le changement des systèmes partisans et la transformation des espaces politiques Revue Internationale de Politique Comparée, 14 (2). 303-324. ISSN 1370-0731

Benoit, Kenneth and Laver, Michael (2007) Estimating party policy positions: comparing expert surveys and hand-coded content analysis Electoral Studies, 26 (1). 90-107. ISSN 0261-3794

2006

Gwiazda, Anna and Benoit, Kenneth (2006) Hungary: united in support, divided by borders In: König, Thomas and Hug, Simon, (eds.) Policy-Making Processes and the European Constitution. Routledge, London, UK, 119-127. ISBN 9780415385077

Benoit, Kenneth and Laver, Michael (2006) Automated content analysis of political texts using wordscores Apsa-Cp Newsletter, 17 (1 January 2006) Website

Benoit, Kenneth (2006) Duverger's law and the study of electoral systems French Politics, 4 (1). 69-83. ISSN 1476-3419

Benoit, Kenneth and Laver, Michael (2006) Party policy in modern democracies Routledge research in comparative politics. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415368322

Benoit, Kenneth and Giannetti, Daniela and Laver, Michael (2006) Voter strategies with restricted choice menus British Journal of Political Science, 36 (03). 459-485. ISSN 1469-2112

Laver, Michael and Benoit, Kenneth and Sauger, Nicolas (2006) Policy competition in the 2002 French legislative and presidential elections European Journal of Political Research, 45 (4). 667-697. ISSN 0304-4130

2005

Benoit, Kenneth and Baturo, Alex (2005) National party competition and support for European integration. In: ECPR General Conference, 8-10 September 2005, Budapest, Hungary

Benoit, Kenneth and Laver, Michael (2005) The integer arithmetic of legislative dynamics. In: Workshop on Party Switching, 10-14 July 2005, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA

Benoit, Kenneth R. (2005) How qualitative research really counts Qualitative Methods Newsletter, 3 (1 January 2005) Website

Benoit, Kenneth (2005) Hungary: holding back the tiers In: The Politics of Electoral Systems. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199257560

Laver, Michael and Benoit, Kenneth (2005) Estimating party policy positions: Japan in comparative context Japanese Journal of Political Science, 6 (2). 187-209. ISSN 1468-1099

McElroy, Gail and Benoit, Kenneth (2005) Party groups and policy positions in the European Parliamen IIIS discussion paper, 101. Institute for International Integration Studies, Dublin.

Benoit, Kenneth and Laver, Michael (2005) Mapping the Irish policy space: voter and party spaces in preferential elections Economic and Social Review, 36 (2). 83-108. ISSN 0012-9984

Benoit, Kenneth and Laver, Michael and Arnold, Christine and Pennings, Paul and Hosli, Madeleine O. (2005) Measuring national delegate positions at the convention on the future of Europe using computerized word scoring European Union Politics, 6 (3). 291-313. ISSN 1465-1165

2004

Benoit, Kenneth and Laver, Michael and Giannetti, Daniela (2004) Multiparty split-ticket voting estimation as an ecological inference problem In: King, Gary and Rosen, Ori and Tanner, Martin A., (eds.) Ecological Inference: New Methodological Strategies. Analytical methods for social research. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 333-350. ISBN 9780521542807

Chari, Raj S. and Egea de Horo, Alfonso and Benoit, Kenneth and Laver, Michael (2004) Spain and European Union constitution building Working papers, 45/2004. Real Instituto Elcano, Madrid.

Benoit, Kenneth and Hayden, Jacqueline (2004) Institutional change and persistence: the evolution of Poland's electoral system, 1989–2001 Journal of Politics, 66 (02). 396-427. ISSN 0022-3816

Benoit, Kenneth (2004) Models of electoral system change Electoral Studies, 23 (3). 363-389. ISSN 0261-3794

2003

Benoit, Kenneth and Laver, Michael (2003) Estimating Irish party policy positions using computer wordscoring: the 2002 election – a research note Irish Political Studies, 18 (1). 97-107. ISSN 0790-7184

Laver, Michael and Benoit, Kenneth (2003) The evolution of party systems between elections American Journal of Political Science, 47 (2). 215-233. ISSN 0092-5853

Benoit, Kenneth and Marsh, Michael (2003) Campaign spending in the local government elections of 1999 Irish Political Studies, 18 (2). 1-22. ISSN 0790-7184

Laver, Michael and Benoit, Kenneth and Garry, John (2003) Extracting policy positions from political texts using words as data American Political Science Review, 97 (2). 311-331. ISSN 0003-0554

Benoit, Kenneth and Marsh, Michael (2003) For a few euros more: campaign spending effects in the Irish local elections of 1999 Party Politics, 9 (5). 561-582. ISSN 1460-3683

2002

Benoit, Kenneth (2002) Hungary In: Pendergast, Sara and Pendergast, Thomas, (eds.) Worldmark Encyclopedia of National Economies. Gale. ISBN 0787649554

Benoit, Kenneth and Laver, Michael (2002) Extracting policy positions from political texts using phrases as data: a research note. In: Annual Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association, 3-6 April 2002, Chicago, USA

Benoit, Kenneth (2002) Like déjà vu all over again: the Hungarian parliamentary elections of 2002 Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, 18 (4). 119-133. ISSN 1352-3279

Laver, Michael and Benoit, Kenneth (2002) Locating TDs in policy spaces: the computational text analysis of Dáil speeches Irish Political Studies, 17 (1). 59-73. ISSN 0790-7184

Benoit, Kenneth (2002) The endogeneity problem in electoral studies: a critical re-examination of Duverger's mechanical effect Electoral Studies, 21 (1). 35-46. ISSN 0261-3794

2001

Benoit, Kenneth (2001) Authoritarianism In: Michie, Jonathan, (ed.) Reader's Guide to the Social Sciences. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9781579580919

Benoit, Kenneth (2001) Military dictatorship In: Michie, Jonathan, (ed.) Reader's Guide to the Social Sciences. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9781579580919

Benoit, Kenneth (2001) One-party state In: Michie, Jonathan, (ed.) Reader's Guide to the Social Sciences. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9781579580919

Benoit, Kenneth (2001) Two step forward, one steps back: electoral coordination in the Hungarian elections of 1998 Trinity College Dublin.

Benoit, Kenneth (2001) Simulation methodologies for political scientists The Political Methodologist, 10 (1 January 2001) Website

Benoit, Kenneth (2001) Book review: Doing research in political science: an introduction to comparative methods and statistics Acta Politica, 36. 107-109. ISSN 0001-6810

Benoit, Kenneth (2001) Evaluating Hungary's mixed‐member electoral system In: Shugart, Matthew Soberg and Wattenberg, Martin P., (eds.) Mixed-Member Electoral Systems: the Best of Both Worlds?. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 477-493. ISBN 9780199257683

Benoit, Kenneth (2001) District magnitude, electoral formula, and the number of parties European Journal of Political Research, 39 (2). 203-224. ISSN 0304-4130

Benoit, Kenneth and Schiemann, John W. (2001) Institutional choice in new democracies: bargaining over Hungary's 1989 electoral law Journal of Theoretical Politics, 13 (2). 153-182. ISSN 0951-6298

2000

Benoit, Kenneth (2000) Which electoral formula is the most proportional?: a new look with new evidence Political Analysis, 8 (4). 381-388. ISSN 1047-1987

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Awards

Winner of 1999 APSA Best Research Web Site Award (awarded as part of a group) presented by the Computers and Multimedia Section at the 1999 annual meeting; Winner of 1998 APSA Best Research Software Award presented by the Computers and Multimedia Section at the 1998 annual meeting.

Short bio >

Kenneth Benoit is currently Professor of Quantitative Social Research Methods, and Head of the Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is also Part-Time Professor in the Department of Political Science at Trinity College Dublin, and has previously held a position at the Central European University (Budapest). He received his Ph.D. (1998) from Harvard University, Department of Government. Professor Benoit also works occasionally as a consultant for political parties, governmental organisations, and media for all business related to elections, especially computer modeling and forecasting of election outcomes.

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