European Representative Democracy

We believe that a key to progress in terms of a better understanding of democratic politics rests on a research agenda that combines the best of a) cross-national statistical research with in-depth studies of historical pathways (path dependency), and b) norms and practices in an analysis of the norms and practices of rational politicians seeking power and policy influence. To enable us to conduct research on regarding both these aspects that which is common across countries and or specific to regions, and the historical configuration of an individual country, we have built a new database with comparative data on cabinets, parliaments and political parties. It contains comparative data on 29 European countries and more than 600 governments (cabinets), and on the corresponding political parties and parliaments.

The data are available in the Data archive for the project.