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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://www.parlgov.org/
 

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/

Composition of Governments

Election results, changes of government, etc. (interactive tool from the European Journal of Political Research Yearbook)

 

http://www.politicaldatayearbook.com/


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/

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

EUVOX

Data on party's political position in the 2014 election

Data: http://www.euvox2014.eu/?page_id=363

European Commission
Composition and bibliographical information

Data: http://www.wzb.eu/de/forschung/internationale-politik-und-recht/positionsbildung-in-der-eu-kommission/publikationen/database

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/default.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://utwente.academia.edu/AndreasWarntjen/Data-sets


Council of Ministers (Council of the European Union)

 

(see also Centre for European Research, Goteborg University)

 

I. Official online resources

 

Public registry of the Council

http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/documents-publications/

 

II. Data compiled for research purposes


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://utwente.academia.edu/AndreasWarntjen/Data-sets

 

Composition of Governments

Election results, changes of government, etc. (interactive tool from the European Journal of Political Research Yearbook)

 

http://www.politicaldatayearbook.com/

 

Votewatch EU

Interactive website with up-to-date information on Council voting

 

http://www.votewatch.eu/

 

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.councildata.cergu.gu.se/cdeuj32/index.php/research-data/m-mattila

 

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.councildata.cergu.gu.se/cdeuj32/index.php/research-data/m-mattila

 

Council Voting, 1994-2004

Hayes-Renshaw, van Aken, Wallace (2006) When and why the EU Council of Ministers votes explicitly, Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 44, No.1, pp. 161-194

 

http://www.councildata.cergu.gu.se/cdeuj32/index.php/research-data/hayes-renshaw

 


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/

 

EUR-Lex:

 

EUR-Lex (fomerly 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://eur-lex.europa.eu/advanced-search-form.html?qid=1423062567553&action=update

 

EUR-Lex (formerly Celex):

EU legislation and documents

 

Data:  http://eur-lex.europa.eu/homepage.html

 


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

Legislative production in the EU, 1967-2012

 

Data: http://www.dimiter.eu/Data.html

 

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://lspol2.sowi.uni-mannheim.de/Downloads/

 

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

Extended and revised version (DEU II)

 

Data: http://www.polver.uni-konstanz.de/leuffen/forschung/daten/

 

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
Data sets on compliance and implementation of EU law

http://www.dimiter.eu/Data.html

http://lspol2.sowi.uni-mannheim.de/Downloads/

Press coverage of EU affairs (selection)

 

http://www.agenceurope.com/

 

https://euobserver.com/

 

http://www.euronews.com/european-union/

 


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/download/


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