Politics by Numbers: Counting Plato’s Shadows

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By James R. SullivanWSD-Handa Fellow Abstract / Summary Stories are at the core of our understanding of humanity, as well as central to many concepts at the heart of International Relations theory. The Chinese Communist Party has been adept at story telling for many years and for many purposes inclusive of intra-elite competition, maintenance of regime support, and tactical negotiations. These stories become especially critical during periods of regime transition, as we witnessed during the recently concluded Twentieth National Party Congress. This paper leverages Natural Language Processing techniques applied to the GDELT database to quantify tones expressed on a variety of [...]