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Policy positions of political parties


ParlGov: Interactive database of election results, government composition and party positions in Europe
(Holger Döring, Philipp Manow)

Data: http://parlgov.org/stable/about.html
 

Positioning of national political parties on European Integration

(Leonard Ray, Gary Marks, Marco Steenbergen, Liebsbet Hooghe)

Expert survey on political parties, covering left-right placement and position on EU integration.

Data:  http://www.unc.edu/~hooghe/data_pp.php


Policy positions of political parties

(Kenneth Benoit and Michael Laver)

Expert survey on political parties on left-right positions in 47 countries
 

Benoit, Kenneth and Michael Laver (2006):Party Policy in Modern Democracies, London:

Routledge.
 

Data:   http://www.politics.tcd.ie/ppmd/


  Positional and salience estimates for parties and governments 
  Positional and salience estimates for more than 250 parties and governments in the European Union

  Veen, Tim. Positions and salience in European Union politics. Estimation and validation of a new dataset.  European Union Politics, Vol 12, 
  No 2, pp. 267 – 288

  Data: http://www.timveen.com

  The Euromanifestos Project
  http://www.mzes.uni-mannheim.de/projekte/manifestos/

Policy positions of political parties, electorates, and governments

(Party Manifesto Project)

Dataset which measures policy positions through content analysis of election programmes, parliamentary speeches and governmental policy statements.

Ian Budge et al. (2001), Mapping Policy Preferences. Estimates for Parties, electors, and Governments 1945-1998. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Data: on CD-ROM that comes with the book or

http://manifestoproject.wzb.eu/


Electoral results


ParlGov: Interactive database of election results, government composition and party positions in Europe
(Holger Döring, Philipp Manow)

Data: http://parlgov.org/stable/about.html


Government Composition in EU Countries
As part of the Constitutional Change and Parliamentary Democracies research programme the data set provides information on the coalition governments in Western Europe.

Strøm, K., W. Müller and T. Bergman (2008). Cabinets and Coalition Bargaining: The Democratic Life Cycle in Western Europe, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Data:   http://www.erdda.se/cpd/index.html

European Parliament election 2004 and previous national elections

Datasets give figures on the election results of the EP election 2004 and electoral results of the previous national elections of the member states.


 EU Profiler  
 http://dvn.eudo.eu/dvn/dv/euprofiler

 Data on European elections (PIREDEU)
 
http://www.piredeu.eu/public/Publications.asp

  Eurobarometer Trends
 
http://www.mzes.uni-mannheim.de/projekte/eurotrend/Homepage.html 

 
European Election Study (EES) Trend File
  http://www.tcd.ie/Political_Science/staff/michael_marsh/ees_trend_file.php
 

  European Parliament


Roll call data and information about MEPs and party groups
http://www.votewatch.eu/

Extraction tool for EP voting records (starting 2004)
http://api.epdb.eu/

Roll Call Votes

The data sets includes roll call data from the first to the fifth European Parliament (1979-2004). It shows the voting behaviour of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) for each electronically registered vote. It also displays the aggregated voting behaviour of MEPs using nominate scores. The data set does also indicate to which party group and to which national party delegation each MEPs belongs at the beginning of each legislative term. 

Simon Hix, Abdul Noury and Gerard Roland (2006) 'Dimensions of Politics in the European Parliament', American Journal of Political Science, 50(2) 494-511.

Simon Hix, Abdul Noury and Gerard Roland (2007) Democratic Politics in the European Parliament, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Data: http://personal.lse.ac.uk/HIX/HixNouryRolandEPdata.HTM


MEP-surveys by the European Parliament Research Group (EPRG)

EPRG conducted an on-line survey of the MEPs in the Sixth European Parliament (2004-09) in March-June 2006.  The data from this survey and our survey of the Fifth European Parliament (1999-2004), which was conducted in October-December 2000, are available here for academic research purposes.
The 2006 survey included the following questions: personal details (e.g. member state, date first elected to EP, previous political experience etc.); electoral systems and candidate selection; campaigning aims and activities in 2004 elections; attitudes/behaviour relating to representation; behaviour in committees and voting in the Parliament; general political attitudes; attitudes towards specific EU policies and attitudes towards EU institutional reform.

David Farrell, Simon Hix, Mark Johnson and Roger Scully (2006) 'EPRG 2000 and 2006 MEP Surveys Dataset'.

Data: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/government/research/resgroups/EPRG/MEPsurveyData.aspx  


Allocation of Codecision Reports

                                     

Hoyland, B. (2006). Allocation of Codecision Reports in the Fifth European Parliament , European Union Politics, 2006, Vol 7, Issue 1, p30-50

Data: http://folk.uio.no/bjornkho/data.htm


Composition of EP and Party Political Positions
The data set contains an overview of the party political make-up of EU legislative bodies for the period 1979-2004 (Commission: 1979-2008). It also provides information on political perferences (left-right and pro-/anti-Europe) based on party manifesto data and expert survey data.

Warntjen, A. S. Hix and C. Crombez (2008), ‘The Party Political Make-Up of EU Institutions’, Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 15, No. 8, pp. 1243-1253

Data: http://www.utwente.nl/mb/polmt/staff/Warntjen/form.doc/

Council of Ministers

(see also Centre for European Research, Goteborg University)


Composition of Governments and Party Political Positions
The data set contains an overview of the party political make-up of EU legislative bodies for the period 1979-2004 (Commission: 1979-2008). It also provides information on political perferences (left-right and pro-/anti-Europe) based on party manifesto data and expert survey data.

Warntjen, A. S. Hix and C. Crombez (2008), ‘The Party Political Make-Up of EU Institutions’, Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 15, No. 8, pp. 1243-1253

Data: http://www.utwente.nl/mb/polmt/staff/Warntjen/form.doc/

Extraction tool for Council voting records
http://api.epdb.eu/

Council Roll Call Votes I

Roll call votes for the Council, final decisions, 1994-98

Mattila, Mikko & Lane, Jan-Erik (2001): Why Unanimity in the Council? A Roll Call Analysis of Council Voting. European Union Politics 2: 31-52.

Data: http://www.valt.helsinki.fi/staff/mmattila/council/


Council Roll Call Votes II

Roll call votes for the Council, final decisions, 1995-2000

Mattila, Mikko (2004): Contested Decisions - Empirical Analysis of Voting in the EU Council of Ministers. European Journal of Political Research 43(1): 29-50.

Data: http://www.valt.helsinki.fi/staff/mmattila/contest/


Inter-institutional decision-making


I.
  
Official online resources:

The Legislative Observatory of the European Parliament

Enables the user to search for all legislative and non-legislative documents that are dealt with in the European Parliament. 

Data: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/

PreLex:

PreLex follows the major stages of the decision-making process between the Commission and the other institutions: stage of the procedure; decisions of the institutions; persons' names; services responsible; references of documents and monitors the works of the various institutions involved.

Data: http://ec.europa.eu/prelex/apcnet.cfm?CL=en

CeLex:

Data:  http://eur-lex.europa.eu/


II.
 
Data compiled for research purposes and extraction tools/websites


Lawleecher: Extraction tool for PRELEX
http://lawleecher.sourceforge.net/
http://www.uni-potsdam.de/db/ls_regierungssystem_brd/index.php?article_id=460&clang=0

Data extraction tool for PRELEX, EUR-Lex and EP Legislative Observatory
http://api.epdb.eu/


EUPOL: EU Legislative Decision-Making (1975-2009)

Based on the PRELEX data set, the EUPOL data set includes information on all stages of the legislative procedure for the time period 1975-2009.

Data: http://frankhaege.eu/data/eupol

EU-lex: Adoption of EU law (1984-2003)

Combination of PreLex and CeLex database information.  The combined data set includes variables, such as the applied legislative procedure, the voting rule in the Council and the sector specification.

Data:   http://www.sowi.uni-mannheim.de/lspol2/08downloads01.html


Policy positions in the Decision-making process of the European Union
(DEU project)

Measures the policy positions of the member states, the Commission and the European Parliament on 70 legislative proposals adopted between 1999-2001.

Thomson et al. (2006). The European Union Decides. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press

Data:  https://easy.dans.knaw.nl/ui/datasets/id/easy-dataset:31896
 

Adoption of parliamentary amendments in the European legislative decision-making process

On this page you can find data on legislation of the EU: laws that were passed under the cooperation procedure (152), the codecision procedure (79).

George Tsebelis, C. Jensen, A. Kalandrakis, and A. Kreppel (2001). “Legislative Procedures in the EU: An Empirical Analysis.” British Journal of Political Science 31: 573-99.

Data:  http://sitemaker.umich.edu/tsebelis/european_union_data

Implementation of EU Law
Database of quantitative implementation studies

  http://www.eif.oeaw.ac.at/implementation/index.php

Software

Calculators of Voting Power Indices:

Background and web-based calculator
http://powerslave.val.utu.fi/

Indices of Power (stand-alone programme for free download)
http://www.tbraeuninger.de/iop.html

Web-Based Calculators
http://www.warwick.ac.uk/~ecaae/