This repository contains code to build cosponsorship networks from bills passed in the lower/national chamber of the Swiss Parliament.
Replicate by running
make.r in R.
data.r script downloads information on bills and sponsors, using information from the website of the Swiss parliament and from its open data portal. All sponsor photos should download fine.
build.r script then assembles the edge lists and plots the networks, with the help of a few routines coded into
functions.r. Adjust the parameters in
make.r to skip the plots or to change the node placement algorithm.
chamber-- chamber of introduction (1: National or 2: States)
id-- unique identifier
date-- date of introduction (yyyy-mm-dd)
title-- short title
sponsors-- semicolon-separated URLs of single first author
n_au-- total number of sponsors (first author + cosponsors)
legislature-- legislature (imputed from date of entry)
id-- unique identifier (points to profile URL)
chamber-- chamber (1: National or 2: States)
name-- full name
born-- year of birth
party-- political party
constituency-- constituency (as a Wikipedia Francophone handle)
nyears-- time in office since legislature 44, in years
Note: the code uses French party abbreviations and English party names. Three regional party branches are grouped with larger formations: the single sponsor for Alternative de Gauche in Geneva is grouped with the Parti Suisse du Travail, the Greens from Bern (Grünes Bündnis) and Zoug (Alternative Canton de Zoug) are grouped with the Swiss Federation of Green Parties, and the branches of the Christian Social Party in Obwalden and Wallis are grouped with their main party.