About us

A small team of political scientists at the Political Science department, Umeå University in Sweden manages the European Representative Democracy Data Archive (ERDDA). We have built the data infrastructure with the support of our department and several research foundations (see Funding). Above all, we have built it with the help of colleagues that like ourselves believe in careful empirical work on the countries that we cover. This involves using archival work, interviews, parliamentary records and secondary literature. The data collection efforts started as a work focused on coalition governments in Western Europe, but we have now also included the life-cycle of governments in Central Eastern Europe. As a world-leading database for research on the competition for government in Europe, the archive contains unique data on governments, parliaments, political parties, length of government formation periods, bargain rounds, as well as procedures and mechanism for intra-coalition governance etc.

Currently we are updating, restructuring and expanding the data archive to include more data and more countries during the period 2016-2019 (to be released for open-access early in 2021).

We aim for continuous improvement. Sometimes we do not have the funding that we need for any larger update. Nevertheless, if you keep us informed about any coding or data set problems, we will try to remedy any errors, as soon as possible.

Torbjörn Bergman Johan Hellström Jonas Lindahl
Professor Associate professor Ph.D. student
Founder Manager/Data manager Data manager assistant
Torbjorn.bergman@umu.se Johan.hellstrom@umu.se jonas.lindahl01@umu.se