The Bundestag distributes biographical and election data on all its members since 1949. This data, however, is only available in XML, a format most social scientists will find difficult to work with. btmembers downloads the file “Stammdaten aller Abgeordneten seit 1949 im XML-Format” from the Bundestag website, converts it to a data frame, and recodes some of the variables. The unit of analysis is a member-term. The generated dataset contains more than 11,000 observations for more than 4,000 members of the Bundestag.
Other demonstrations in R
Daniel Oesch (University of Lausanne) has developed a schema of social classes, which he discusses and applies in different publications. In this vignette, I show how to apply Oesch’s class schema on data from the European Social Survey (ESS) using R.
This vignette describes the technique I have developed in my paper on “Generations and Protest in Eastern Germany.” It follows a political socialization approach and accounts for migration in Germany.
This vignette introduces a technique for coping with the problem of systematically missing data in longitudinal social and political surveys. I present a demonstration with the R mice package and data from the European Values Study.