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External Resources and Datasets

The following list contains links to key external resources and  datasets on parties, elections and political representation in Europe. If you  have suggestions on further resources that could be added to the list, please contact [email protected] or [email protected]


parties-and-electionsParties and Elections in Europe provides a comprehensive database about the parliamentary elections in the European countries and autonomous subdivisions since 1945 and additional information about the political parties, the electoral systems, the acting political leaders, the governments and the electoral laws. The parties are characterised according to their political orientation. The website also contains several sections.

The electoral calendar contains election dates of upcoming legislative elections in the European countries and autonomous subdivisions. Elections to upper houses in bicameral parliaments remain unconsidered.

News’ section stores latest events around the world of parties and elections in Europe (e.g. elections, party mergers, splits, disbandments, foundings, renamings).

“Elections by countries” includes all legislative elections in the European countries and autonomous subnational entities since 1945. Additional information about the political leaders, the electoral laws and the composition of governments are included. Parties that gained no seats or failed to pass a threshold are usually not listed.

This independent and private website was established by Wolfram Nordsieck in 1997. The editor began his comparative study of political parties, party systems, elections and constitutional laws in the late 1980s.

LSE-EPRGLSE-based European Parliament Research Group (EPRG) was founded in March 1998 and brings together some of the leading scholars of the European Parliament from Europe and North America. EPRG aims to improve our understanding of all aspects of political behaviour and institutions in the European Parliament, and to raise the profile and sophistication of research on the European Parliament. To this end, EPRG seeks to: 1) develop collaborative research agendas and co-ordinate our individual research projects; 2) share our existing knowledge, expertise, and data, and co-ordinate data collection to avoid replication; 3) engage with practitioners in the European Parliament and other 'end users' of political science research at every stage of the research process; 4) place our research outputs in leading academic journals and university presses (see working papers); and 5) connect research on the European Parliament to the general study of legislative behaviour and institutions in political science.

ecpr-sgThe ECPR Standing Group on Political Parties seeks to facilitate communication and co-ordination among political scientists studying this centrally important democratic institution. To this end, it has been: a) developing for dissemination via its web site a register of current researchers to inform the wider community of work in progress; b) working on adding to its web site links to web-based sources likely to be of interest to its members; c) bringing people with related interests together on a regular but informal basis, and so to serve as a catalyst for the origination of joint research proposals; d) providing a forum in which a programme of workshop proposals can be developed and co-ordinated through broad-based discussion, rather than relying exclusively on individual initiative. To this end, all colleagues planning to propose a workshop are invited to make their intention known to the Convenor and via our list server; e) supporting an annual multinational PhD Summer School on European Political Parties.

Arbeitskreis Parteinforschung

Parline Database on National Parliaments

George Tsebelis's Veto Players Dataset

COMPOL archive of European electoral posters (2009)









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OPPR's coordinator Lorenzo Cicchi published a new book

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'Pathways to Power' research project:  presentation of preliminary findings

'Pathways to Power' research project: presentation of preliminary findings

15 February, 2016 - Institute for Government, London

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