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PS 4896 Democratic Theory: Variables Sources

Information sources for the capstone course on Democratic Theory and American Political Development

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Variables Sources

Relationship of Executive to Legislature

Europa World Select a country and then look for the link to Directory: Government and Politics for details on the country's governmental organization.  The link to Country Profile down the first page of a country has Recent History, which is mainly political history.

Handbook of National Legislatures Print book in Paley Ref Stacks JF511 .F57 2009 "assesses the strength of the national legislature of every country in the world with a population of at least a half-million inhabitants. The Legislative Powers Survey (LPS) is a list of 32 items that gauges the legislature’s sway over the executive, its institutional autonomy, its authority in specific areas, and its institutional capacity."

Political Handbook of the World E-book  with history and government organization.

Governments of the World: A Global Guide to Citizens' Rights and Responsibilities E-book (click on link for "Book") published in 2008 with details and history of country political organization - use the link for eTable of Contents to get to a specifc country.

CIA - The World Factbook Look under Government for brief descriptions of organization

Global Insight under Country Intelligence / Country Reports has good capsule summaries of political events and political risk

 

Number of Parties

Europa World   Select a country and then look for the link to Directory: Government and Politics for a list of parties under Political Organizations. Details about the party should indicate when it was founded.

Political Handbook of the World E-book (click on "Access full text online" in the Diamond catalog record) with good histories of major political parties and lists of minor parties.

CIA - The World Factbook Look under Government for recent major election results by party by percentage

Global Insight under Country Intelligence / Country Reports has good capsule summaries of political events and political risk

 

Parties in most recent election

Europa World Select a country and then look for the link to Directory: Government and Politics for branches of the government. The link to the government branch usually has results from the latest election with seats and/or percentages of the votes.  Also, select a country and then look for the link to Directory: Government and Politic.   Look there for "Election Commission." Under that should be a link to the Election Commission for the country and, possibly, results by party in English somewhere on the country's election commision web site.

CIA - The World Factbook Look under Government for recent results by party by seats or by percentage

Access World News has foreign newspapers from specific countries under the contintent / region groupings.  These are in English and these may be useful for searches on, say, "election results" in specific years. 

Global Insight under Country Intelligence / Country Reports has good capsule summaries of political events and political risk

Voter Turnout - totals, not by party,  by country from the Institute for Democracy