Governments in Europe

The Governments in Europe project began in 2011. It connects ten senior scholars in ten Baltic and East Central Europe countries with Södertörn University for the purpose of conducting cutting edge comparative research on the formation and stability of national governments. The ten countries are Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

In particular, the project examines two aspects that have not yet been the subject of scholarly inquiry within the region. The first of these relates to the specific reasons as to why they are terminated. While there is a body of literature about how long governments typically stay in power, very little is known about the actual termination of governments. Second, the project is interested in how coalition governance impacts on the formation and stability of national governments. Successful research on these topics requires both systematic data-collection and qualitative case studies that are context sensitive. It can only be done with the help of experts with a high degree of insight into the politics of each country.

The empirical basis for these national and international collaborations is the European Representative Democracy Data Archive (, hosted by the current research project at the Södertörn University. On this home page we have already published high-quality data on governments, parliaments and institutions. Our current research efforts will further contribute to this data center.

This project is part of an international research collaboration aimed at improving our understanding of what goes on inside European governments and parliaments. In the Södertörn project, we put much time and effort into establishing firm and precise information about governments, political parties and parliaments in the CEE region. In a parallel project, a research team led by Professor Wolfgang C. Müller at the University of Vienna is preparing an in-depth analysis of many other crucial aspects of coalition governance in Central Eastern Europe that remain to be researched. This includes coalition agreements and how coalition management mechanisms are designed and maintained, as well as when and how they actually work (for further information, see the project description).

While the project is ongoing, the Data Archive section is restricted to project participants.