Comparative Parties Dataset

Research project

The Comparative Parties Dataset was compiled by Duane Swank and contains data on the strength of political parties by ideological group.

Dataset

Comparative Parties Dataset

Comparative Parties Dataset

Website

Comparative Parties Dataset

Format

Excel

Timespan

1950-2006

Coverage

21 countries

Last reviewed

24/11/11

Data types and sources

Election data.

Data download

Comparative Parties Dataset

Topics

The dataset contains variables measuring the strength of political parties in elections, parliament and government. The political parties are classified by ideological groups, for the most part based on the classifications in Castles and Mair (1984).

Geographical coverage

The dataset contains data for 21 countries, mainly long-established democracies.

Time coverage and updates

Years covered: 1950-2006.

Documentation

The variables and the classification schema are described in the codebook, which is available online.

Access conditions and cost

Available free of charge.

Access procedures

Predefined table.

Data formats

Excel.

Comparability and data quality

Not examined.

Literature

Castles, Frances G., and Peter Mair. 1984. “Left-right political scales: some ‘expert’ judgements”. European Journal of Political Research 12 (1): 147-157.