Constituency-Level Elections Dataset

Research project

The Constituency-Level Elections Dataset was compiled by Dawn Brancati as part of her dissertation research. The dataset includes election results at the constituency or district level.

Dataset

Constituency-Level Elections Dataset

Constituency-Level Elections Dataset

Website

Constituency-Level Elections Dataset

Format

CSV

Timespan

1945-2011

Coverage

53 countries

Last reviewed

24/11/11

Data types and sources

Election data. The sources are primarily official election results from government institutions. In rare cases where official results are not available, the data are based on results published in national newspapers, or other reliable sources.

Data download

Constituency-Level Elections Dataset

Topics

The election results include vote and seat data for all parties that participate in elections covered by the dataset. The dataset include legislative elections for lower and upper houses at the national level. It also covers some sub-national elections.

Geographical coverage

The latest release of the dataset (2011) contains data for 53 countries.

Time coverage and updates

The dataset covers the years 1945-2011, but the time coverage varies greatly across countries. In some cases, the data cover a period of less than 10 years; in other cases, most of the elections since 1945 are included. The dataset will be updated, but future updates will not necessarily include data for the most recent elections in the countries covered by the dataset.

Documentation

Documentation is provided in a codebook, providing original and English names of the parties of each country, as well as comments on peculiarities in the data.

Access conditions and cost

Available free of charge.

Access procedures

Data available through an online dataset builder. Built datafiles can be saved and will be updated when new data is added to the CLE dataset (requires registration). Datasets can be downloaded in CSV-format.

Data formats

CSV

Comparability and data quality

The data are mainly gathered from official registries, and are therefore believed to be of good quality. The data in each file are organised in a manner that makes it possible to aggregate results from the constituency level to regional or national levels.