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Converting the Texts of the U.S. State Constitutions into Quantifiable Data: A Text Analytics Project

Version
V0
Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data
Creator
  • Clouse, Julia G. (George Mason University)
Publication Date
2019-04-29
Free Keywords
constitutional change; text analytics; states (USA); state constitutions
Description
  • Abstract

    I compiled this dataset for my dissertation, "Converting the Texts of the U.S. State Constitutions into Quantifiable Data: A Text Analytics Project" (Clouse 2019).

    For this project, I converted the texts of two-hundred and three historical and current U.S. state constitutions into quantifiable data, using methods of categorization. Each word of constitutional text was placed into one of thirty-two distinct topical categories, based on the subject matter of the text. For each state constitution, the number of words the constitution devotes to the topical category was entered into the dataset under the appropriate category heading.

    The state constitutions represented in the data are:
    • The original texts of 153 historical state constitutions (unamended)
    • The texts of the current 50 state constitutions (with amendments/revisions made through July 2017)

    The thirty-two topical categories are:
    Preamble
    State Boundaries
    Declaration of Rights
    Religion
    Discrimination
    Private Property
    Suffrage & Elections
    People's Initiative
    Representation & Apportionment
    Legislative
    Executive
    Judicial
    Militia
    General Operations
    Education
    Taxation & Finance
    Business & Corporations
    Railroads & Canals
    Banking
    Social Regulations
    Public Goods
    Agriculture
    Natural Resources & Environment
    Entitlements
    Public Institutions
    State Lands
    State Powers
    Local Government
    Federal Government
    Amendment Process
    Schedule
    Postscript
Temporal Coverage
  • 1776-01-01 / 2017-12-31
    Time Period: Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1776--Sun Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2017
  • 2011-01-01 / 2018-12-31
    Collection Date(s): Sat Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2011--Mon Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2018
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
U.S. State Constitutions, historical and current. Smallest Geographic Unit: U.S. States
Availability
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Publications
  • Clouse, Julia G. “Converting the Texts of the U.S. State Constitutions into Quantifiable Data: A Text Analytics Project.” George Mason University, 2019.

Update Metadata: 2020-07-13 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-07-13

Clouse, Julia G. (2019): Converting the Texts of the U.S. State Constitutions into Quantifiable Data: A Text Analytics Project. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E109444