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What Drives U.S. Congressional Members’ Policy Attention on Twitter?

dc.contributor.authorHemphill, Libby
dc.contributor.authorRussell, Annelise
dc.contributor.authorSchopke, Angela
dc.identifier.citationHemphill, L., Russell, A., & Schopke, A. M. (2019). The Rhetorical Agenda: What Twitter Tells Us About Congressional Attention. In Proceedings of the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL, USA.en_US
dc.description.abstractUnderstanding how Members of Congress (MCs) distribute their political attention is key to a number of areas of political science research including agenda setting, framing, and issue evolution. Tweets illuminate what lawmakers are paying attention to by aggregating information from newsletters, press releases, and floor debates to provide a birds-eye view of a lawmaker’s diverse agenda. In order to leverage this data efficiently, we trained a supervised machine learning classifier to label tweets according to the Comparative Agenda Project’s Policy Codebook and used the results to examine the differential attention that policy topics receive from MCs. The classifier achieved an F1 score of 0.79 and a Cohen’s kappa with human labelers of 0.78, suggesting good performance. Using this classifier, we labeled 1,485,834 original MC tweets (Retweets were excluded) and conducted a multinomial logistic regression to understand what influenced the policy areas MCs Tweeted about. Our model reveals differences in political attention along party, chamber, and gender lines and their interactions. Our approach allows us to study MCs’ political attention in near real-time and to uncover both intra- and inter-group differences.en_US
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dc.subjectpolitical communicationen_US
dc.subjectmachine learningen_US
dc.titleWhat Drives U.S. Congressional Members’ Policy Attention on Twitter?en_US
dc.title.alternativeThe Rhetorical Agenda: What Twitter Tells Us About Congressional Attentionen_US
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevelInformation and Library Science
dc.subject.hlbtoplevelSocial Sciences
dc.contributor.affiliationumInformation, School ofen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationotherUniversity of Kentuckyen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationumcampusAnn Arboren_US
dc.description.bitstreamurl Agenda for MPSA 2019.pdf
dc.description.bitstreamurl Attention under review.pdf
dc.description.bitstreamurl Attention Supplementary Docs.pdf
dc.description.bitstreamurl et al What drives attention.pdfen
dc.identifier.sourceMidwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Annual Meetingen_US
dc.description.filedescriptionDescription of Rhetorical Agenda for MPSA 2019.pdf : Paper presented at MPSA 2019
dc.description.filedescriptionDescription of Political Attention under review.pdf : Manuscript submitted for peer review
dc.description.filedescriptionDescription of Political Attention Supplementary Docs.pdf : Peer review copy supplementary docs, Libby; 0000-0002-3793-7281en_US
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