Methodology

In the weeks following the election of a new government, the promises found in the platform of the winning party are separated from statements that do not constitute promises. To be classified as such, a promise must commit the party to perform an action or reach a specific goal, and the pledge should be worded so as to enable the researcher to objectively assess whether this action or this goal was achieved later. The statements whose wording does not allow such an objective assessment are not considered promises. All platform statements that meet our definition are included in the analysis.