March 22, 2020

ParlSpeech parties updated – V2

We have updated and linked parties from the ParlSpeech V2 data set.

Rauh, Christian and Schwalbach, Jan. 2020. "The ParlSpeech V2 data set: Full-text corpora of 6.3 million parliamentary speeches in the key legislative chambers of nine representative democracies", https://doi.org/10.7910/DVN/L4OAKN, Harvard Dataverse, V1

March 21, 2020

POPPA parties added

We have added parties from the Populism and Political Parties Expert Survey 2018 (POPPA) dataset.

Meijers, Maurits; Zaslove, Andrej, 2020, "Populism and Political Parties Expert Survey 2018 (POPPA)", https://doi.org/10.7910/DVN/8NEL7B, Harvard Dataverse, V1

poppa-data.eu

March 20, 2020

Laver/Hunt (1992) parties added

We have added parties from Laver/Hunt (1992).

Laver, Michael, and W. Ben Hunt. 1992. Policy and Party Competition. New York: Routledge.


Many thanks to Ken Benoit (London School of Economics) for providing the dataset.

March 8, 2020

The PopuList parties added

We have added parties from The PopuList dataset.

Matthijs Rooduijn et al. 2019. “The PopuList: An Overview of Populist, Far Right, Far Left and Eurosceptic Parties in Europe.” popu-list.org.

March 7, 2020

Latinobarómetro parties added

We have added and linked parties from the Latinobarómetro 1995 – 2018 public opinion survey.

Corporación Latinobarómetro. 2019. "Latinobarómetro 1995 – 2018", www.latinobarometro.org

Feb. 22, 2020

PIP parties added

We have added and linked parties from the Parties, Institutions and Preferences (PIP) dataset.

Jahn, Detlef, Nils Düpont, Sven Kosanke, and Christoph Oberst together with Thomas Behm and Martin Rachuj. 2018. “PIP – Parties, Institutions & Preferences: PIP Collection [Version 2018-02].” Chair of Comparative Politics, University of Greifswald.

Feb. 8, 2020

Wikipedia parties added

We have added parties from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia · en.wikipedia.org

Data is extracted from Infobox and Wikidata for Party Facts core parties based on the Wikipedia url.

See also — Herrmann, Michael, and Holger Döring. 2019. “Party Positions from Wikipedia Classifications of Party Ideology.” osf.io/evxn6

Nov. 28, 2019

Paul joining Party Facts

Paul Bederke has been activly involved in Party Facts over the last months and has provided many of the recent additions to the project. He has now fully joined the project.

Nov. 15, 2019

Mudde (2007) parties added

We have added and linked parties from the book 'Populist Radical Right Parties in Europe' (Mudde 2007)

Mudde, C. (2007). Populist Radical Right Parties in Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9780511492037

Sept. 11, 2019

Party Facts – Version 2019b

We have archived the second 2019 version at the Party Facts Dataverse. The version adds five datasets, about 2900 external parties and 500 core parties. The following datasets have been added:

We have also updated the ParlGov parties. This includes all parties from the EP elections and the parties recently added to ParlGov.


Bederke, Paul; Döring, Holger; Regel, Sven, 2019, "Party Facts – Version 2019b", https://doi.org/10.7910/DVN/UUMC31, Harvard Dataverse, V1, UNF:6:zgOYWJG/AOl11ew88+IMgg== [fileUNF]

Sept. 10, 2019

ParlGov parties updated – EP election results

We have updated and linked parties from the ParlGov project. It includes all parties from the 2019 EP election and the parties recently added to ParlGov.

Aug. 26, 2019

CCS parties added

We have added and linked parties from the Comparative Candidate Survey (CCS).

CCS 2016. Comparative Candidates Survey Module I – 2005-2013 [Dataset – cumulative file]. Distributed by FORS, Lausanne, 2016.

CCS 2018. Comparative Candidates Survey Wave II – 2013-2018 [Dataset – cumulative file]. Distributed by FORS, Lausanne, 2018. https://doi.org/10.23662/FORS-DS-886-2

May 31, 2019

CSES (IMD) parties added [UPDATE]

We have added and linked parties from the CSES Integrated Module Dataset (IMD).

The Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (www.cses.org). CSES INTEGRATED MODULE DATASET (IMD) [dataset and documentation]. December 4, 2018 version. doi:10.7804/cses.imd.2018-12-04

The Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (www.cses.org). CSES INTEGRATED MODULE DATASET (IMD) [CODEBOOK PART 3: PARTIES/COALITIONS AND LEADERS]. December 4, 2018 version. doi:10.7804/cses.imd.2018-12-04.

UPDATE · Aug. 2019

For each election, the nine most relevant parties according to the CSES are included as long as they comply with the coding rules of Party Facts. Some countries were missing in an earlier version, due to an error in our import script.

May 27, 2019

MAPP parties added

We have added and linked parties from the Members and Activists of Political Parties (MAPP) Dataset.

van Haute, Emilie, & Paulis, Emilien. (2016). MAPP Dataset [Data set]. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.61234

April 26, 2019

IPOD parties added

We have added and linked parties from the Integrated Party Organization Dataset (IPOD).

Giger, Nathalie; Schumacher, Gijs, 2015, "Integrated Party Organization Dataset (IPOD)", http://dx.doi.org/10.7910/DVN/PE8TWP, Harvard Dataverse, version 1.

April 23, 2019

euandi (General Population Survey) parties added

We have added and linked parties from the euandi (General Population Survey) dataset.

Trechsel, Alexander H.; Garzia, Diego; De Sio, Lorenzo (2015): euandi (General Population Survey) - User Profiles in the 2014 European Elections. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA5970 Data file Version 2.0.0, doi:10.4232/1.12246

April 16, 2019

Party Facts – Version 2019a

We have archived the first 2019 version at the Party Facts Dataverse. The version adds six datasets, about 2900 external parties and 400 core parties. The following datasets have been added:

African Elections Database

Change in Source of Leader Support (CHISOLS)

Global Elections Database

Latin American Electronic Data Archive (LAEDA)

ParlSpeech

Parties-PostYug


Bederke, Paul; Döring, Holger; Regel, Sven, 2019, "Party Facts – Version 2019a", https://doi.org/10.7910/DVN/FTQAYT, Harvard Dataverse, V1, UNF:6:tC+wuU8rgtphyPEAUNxkIQ== [fileUNF]

April 15, 2019

CHISOLS parties added

We have added and linked parties from the Change in Source of Leader Support (CHISOLS) dataset.

Mattes, Michaela, Brett Ashley Leeds, and Naoko Matsumura. 2016. “Measuring Change in Source of Leader Support: The CHISOLS Dataset.” Journal of Peace Research 53(2): 259–67.

chisols.org

March 7, 2019

Global Elections Database parties added

We have added and linked parties from the Global Elections Database.

Brancati, Dawn. 2018. Global Elections Database. New York: Global Elections Database, Date Accessed 11/03/2018.

globalelectionsdatabase.com

Feb. 23, 2019

CHES parties updated – 2017 Flash Survey

We have updated and linked parties from the CHES 2017 Flash Survey.

Polk, Jonathan, Jan Rovny, Ryan Bakker, Erica Edwards, Liesbet Hooghe, Seth Jolly, Jelle Koedam, Filip Kostelka, Gary Marks, Gijs Schumacher, Marco Steenbergen, Milada Vachudova and Marko Zilovic. 2017. "Explaining the salience of anti-elitism and reducing political corruption for political parties in Europe with the 2014 Chapel Hill Expert Survey data," Research & Politics (January-March): 1-9.

Feb. 8, 2019

PostYug parties added

We have added and linked parties from Parties-PostYug: Data on parties, elections and governments in post-Yugoslav democracies

Todorić, Nikola; Döring, Holger; Zuber, Christina, 2018, "Parties-PostYug", https://doi.org/10.7910/DVN/WWHXDY, Harvard Dataverse, V1, UNF:6:dkfn4zkZeFCdIU/oIZ9GOA== [fileUNF]

Feb. 4, 2019

African Elections Database parties added

We have added and linked parties from the African Elections Database.

Nunley, A. (2012). African Elections Database. [online] Africanelections.tripod.com. Available at: http://africanelections.tripod.com/index.html [Accessed 24 Dec. 2018].

Jan. 30, 2019

ParlSpeech parties added

We have added and linked parties from the ParlSpeech data set.

Rauh, Christian, Pieter De Wilde, and Jan Schwalbach (2017) ‘The ParlSpeech data set: Annotated full-text vectors of 3.9 million plenary speeches in the key legislative chambers of seven European states’, Harvard Dataverse, V1, http://dx.doi.org/10.7910/DVN/E4RSP9.

Jan. 24, 2019

LAEDA parties added

We have added and linked parties from the Latin American Electronic Data Archive.

Mustillo, Tom. 2012. “Latin American and Caribbean, Lower House Election Results, 1934-2010.” https://repositories.lib.utexas.edu/handle/2152/17851 (November 1, 2018).

Jan. 22, 2019

Manifesto parties updated – Release 2018b

We have updated and linked parties from the Manifesto Project to release 2018b.

Volkens, Andrea / Krause, Werner / Lehmann, Pola / Matthieß, Theres / Merz, Nicolas / Regel, Sven / Weßels, Bernhard (2018): The Manifesto Data Collection. Manifesto Project (MRG/CMP/MARPOR). Version 2018b. Berlin: Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB). https://doi.org/10.25522/manifesto.mpds.2018b

Jan. 7, 2019

Party Politics article published

Döring, Holger, and Sven Regel. 2019. “Party Facts: A Database of Political Parties Worldwide:” Party Politics. https://doi.org/10.1177/1354068818820671 (January 7, 2019).

doi.org/10.1177/1354068818820671

Dec. 21, 2018

Dataverse Version 2018 published

We have published Version 2018 at the Party Facts Dataverse. This is the version we present in the forthcoming Party Politics article.

Döring, Holger;Regel, Sven, 2018, "Party Facts – Version 2018", https://doi.org/10.7910/DVN/EIAMPN, Harvard Dataverse, V1, UNF:6:yRTPpkJTKEbRopTEUFmmPg== [fileUNF]

Döring, Holger, and Sven Regel. forthcoming. “Party Facts: A Platform for Collaborative Data Collection on Political Parties.” Party Politics.

Dec. 3, 2018

Party Facts page public

The Party Facts page is public now.

We have now completed a public version of the Party Facts webpage. It provides access to all core parties and to party information from most external datasets .

Registered users can also access all user activity and datasets that are included preliminary, temporarily or for testing.

Nov. 27, 2018

Party Politics article accepted

Today, an article introducing Party Facts was accepted at Party Politics.

Döring, Holger, and Sven Regel. forthcoming. “Party Facts: A Platform for Collaborative Data Collection on Political Parties.” Party Politics.

Nov. 3, 2018

Jennings/Wlezien (2018) parties added

We have added and linked parties from Jennings/Wlezien (2018). – see also Party Facts Data

Jennings, Will, and Christopher Wlezien. 2018. “Election Polling Errors across Time and Space.” Nature Human Behaviour 2(4): 276–83.

Jennings, Will. 2017. "Replication Data for: Election Polling Errors across Time and Space", https://doi.org/10.7910/DVN/8421DX, Harvard Dataverse. V2. UNF:6:fNeyt86bIJtgIJnhkzydLA==

Oct. 9, 2018

DPI parties added

We recently completed adding about 1700 parties with more than 5% vote share from the DPI data.

Thanks to Fatemah Soleiman and Paul Bederke for the hard work.

The Database of Political Institutions 2015 (with P. Keefer and C. Scartascini). Inter-American Development Bank (2016). Updated version of Thorsten Beck, George Clarke, Alberto Groff, Philip Keefer, and Patrick Walsh, 2001. "New tools in comparative political economy: The Database of Political Institutions."15:1, 165-176 (September), World Bank Economic Review.

Sept. 28, 2018

ParlGov parties updated – Release 2018

We have updated and linked parties from the ParlGov project. It includes all parties from the 2018 stable release and parties recently added to ParlGov.

Döring, Holger and Philip Manow. 2018. Parliaments and governments database (ParlGov): Information on parties, elections and cabinets in modern democracies. Development version.

Aug. 5, 2018

Manifesto parties updated – Release 2018a

We have updated and linked parties from the Manifesto Project to release 2018a.

Volkens, Andrea / Lehmann, Pola / Matthieß, Theres / Merz, Nicolas / Regel, Sven / Weßels, Bernhard (2018): The Manifesto Data Collection. Manifesto Project (MRG/CMP/MARPOR). Version 2018a. Berlin: Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB). https://doi.org/10.25522/manifesto.mpds.2018a

Aug. 3, 2018

Webpage updated

We updated the webpage to Django 1.11 and Python 3.6. Updating the webpage from Python 2.7 to 3.6 was some work and led to changes in the implementation of the backend. Let us know if you run into issues.

Aug. 1, 2018

WZB Berlin sprint

We are working on Party Facts at the WZB in Berlin and want to update and consolidate the codebase. The changes we implement will not change the layout und user interface of the Party Facts webpage. Our revisions are mainly an effort to provide a long term stable version of the Party Facts projects as it is currently implemented.

June 21, 2018

CLEA parties updated – Release 11

We have updated and linked the party list from the Constituency-Level Elections Archive (CLEA) to release 11 published in May 2018.

Kollman, Ken, Allen Hicken, Daniele Caramani, David Backer, and David Lublin. 2018. “Constituency-Level Elections Archive (CLEA). 2018 Version (20180507). Produced and Distributed by Ann Arbor, MI: Center for Political Studies, University of Michigan.”

March 23, 2018

Afrobarometer parties added

We have added and linked parties from the Afrobarometer.

Afrobarometer: Merged Round 6 data (36 countries) (2016)

http://afrobarometer.org/data/merged-data

Nov. 20, 2017

WVS parties added

We have added and linked parties from the World Values Survey.

WORLD VALUES SURVEY 1981-2014 LONGITUDINAL AGGREGATE v.20150418. World Values Survey Association (www.worldvaluessurvey.org). Aggregate File Producer: JDSystems, Madrid SPAIN.

http://www.worldvaluessurvey.org/WVSDocumentationWVL.jsp

Sept. 13, 2017

ESS import updated

We have revised the import scripts for the European Social Survery (ESS). Now, we import only the parties from the vote intention questions ("prtvt"). The ESS import folder on our Github page provides further detail.

We have also linked all ESS parties.

Several of the small parties were removed during the new import. Backups of previous imports are kept at the Github page.

Aug. 14, 2017

Southeast Europe update

At Konstanz University, Holger has worked with Christina Zuber and Nikola Todorić on a small project about partisan dynamcis in Southeast Europe.

In the project, Nikola has updated and completed the Party Facts data for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia. It know includes all parties with 2% vote share and party changes since the 1990s.

Aug. 5, 2017

CLEA parties updated – Release 10

We have updated and linked the party list from the Constituency-Level Elections Archive (CLEA) to Release 10 published in May 2017.

Kollman, K., Hicken, A., Caramani, D., Backer, D., & Lublin, D. (2017). Constituency-level elections archive [data file and codebook]. Ann Arbor, MI: Center for Political Studies, University of Michigan [producer and distributor].

June 26, 2017

EPAC parties updated

We have updated and linked the party list from the EPAC dataset and added parties from the second round of the expert survey.

Thanks to Annika Stein and Christina Zuber (University of Konstanz) for their support.

Szöcsik, Edina, and Christina Isabel Zuber. 2015. “EPAC – A New Dataset on Ethnonationalism in Party Competition in 22 European Democracies.” Party Politics 21(1): 153–60.

March 11, 2017

PPDB parties added

We have added and linked parties from the Political Party Database.

Thomas Poguntke, Susan Scarrow, and Paul Webb. 2017. “Political Party Database Round 1a.” http://dx.doi.org/10.7910/DVN/0NM7KZ.

Poguntke, Thomas et al. 2016. “Party Rules, Party Resources and the Politics of Parliamentary Democracies: How Parties Organize in the 21st Century.” Party Politics 22(6): 661–78.

March 1, 2017

CLEA parties updated – Release 9

We have updated and linked the party list from the Constituency-Level Elections Archive (CLEA) to Release 9 published in October 2016.

Kollman, K., Hicken, A., Caramani, D., Backer, D., & Lublin, D. (2016). Constituency-level elections archive [data file and codebook]. Ann Arbor, MI: Center for Political Studies, University of Michigan [producer and distributor].

Aug. 11, 2016

CLEA parties updated – Release 8

We have updated the party list from the Constituency-Level Elections Archive (CLEA) to the recently published Release 8. This new release includes a spreadsheet ("clea_20160523_appendix_II.xlsx") with information about all parties in CLEA that forms the basis of the import.

Kollman, K., Hicken, A., Caramani, D., Backer, D., & Lublin, D. (2016). Constituency-level elections archive [data file and codebook]. Ann Arbor, MI: Center for Political Studies, University of Michigan [producer and distributor].

June 14, 2016

GESIS Cologne presentation

Holger presented Party Facts at GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences in Cologne. We had a really good discussion about the project and challenges to modern data collection.

March 8, 2016

EES 2014 parties added

Ann-Kathrin Reinl from GESIS Cologne has provided to us a list of political parties form the European Parliament Election Study 2014 linked with the CHES party IDs. We have now included the respective party data in Party Facts. Many thanks to Ann-Kathrin for providing the linked data.

Schmitt, Hermann, Sebastian A. Popa, Sara B. Hobolt, and Eftichia Teperoglou. 2014. “European Parliament Election Study 2014, Voter Study. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA5160 Data File Version 2.0.0, doi:10.4232/1. 12300.”

Schmitt, Hermann, Sara Hobolt, and Sebastian Adrian Popa. 2015. “Does Personalization Increase Turnout? Spitzenkandidaten in the 2014 European Parliament Elections.” European Union Politics 16(3): 347–68.

Feb. 2, 2016

Thomas (1975) parties added

We have added and linked the parties from Thomas (1975).

Thomas, John Clayton. 1975. “The Decline of Ideology in Western Political Parties: A Study of Changing Policy Orientations.” London; Beverly Hills, CA. Sage Professional Papers in Contemporary Political Sociology.

Jan. 13, 2016

Webpage feature complete

We have completed a version of the webpage that is feature complete. This version includes everthing that we believe is necessary and that we were able to complete with our resources. It includes a lot of suggestions and improvements from linking the parties in the M8 project over the last months.

You can also consider this a "beta version". We will not add any major features over the next months but focus on publishing some project publications and fixing minor issues we run into.

Dec. 22, 2015

User interface party change added

We have added an experimental feature that allows adding predecessor and successor parties for every Party Facts core party. At this point this is just the respective user interface and database modification.

We include a few party changes but for most of the core parties this information has yet to be added in the future. The German Greens provide an example.

Dec. 18, 2015

CHES parties updated

We have updated the party list from the Chapel Hill Expert Survey (CHES) to the 1999-2014 trend file and the 2014 CHES candidate survey.

Dec. 7, 2015

Janda (1980) parties added

We have added and linked parties from Janda (1980)

Janda, Kenneth. 1980. Political Parties: A Cross-National Survey. New York, NY: The Free Press.

Nov. 18, 2015

Codebook available

An initial version of the Codebook is now available. Thanks to Phillip Hocks, and Jan Schwalbach for the hard work. We keep the original version of the codebook in a Google Docs document and import it to the Party Facts page after updating it.

Nov. 17, 2015

WZB sprint in Berlin

We spend a day at the WZB in Berlin to push our work for a first version of Party Facts. Our goal is to complete the linking of all major datasets, to clean-up the core party lists and to fix a few open issues on the webpage.

Oct. 7, 2015

EJPR PDY parties added

We added and linked parties from the European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook (EJPR PDY).

Kevin Deegan-Krause has significantly contributed to our efforts to integrate the EJPR PDY parties by extracting core information about political parties from the EJPR PDY Excel tables.

Sept. 13, 2015

CPS Ann Arbor visit

Holger is spending four weeks at the Center for Political Studies (CPS) in Ann Arbor to work on Party Facts and to collaborate with members from CLEA.

Aug. 1, 2015

Research grant project started

The five month project funded by a small research grant from the University of Bremen has started today. We will work with three RAs to complete an initial version of Party Facts and cooperate with members from CLEA and EJPR-PDY.

July 20, 2015

CLEA parties added

We added parties from the Constituency-Level Elections Archive (CLEA). The amount of parties CLEA includes is tremendous – allmost 10,000 in Appendix II. For the import we selected those parties that won more that 2.0% of the national vote. Including parties from CLEA has significantly increased the number of countries we cover.

Kollman, Ken, Allen Hicken, Daniele Caramani, David Backer, and David Lublin. 2014. “Constituency-Level Elections Archive (CLEA). Produced and Distributed by Ann Arbor, MI: Center for Political Studies, University of Michigan.” Retrieved (www.electiondataarchive.org).

June 30, 2015

Internship completed

Jan Fischer completed his internship at the Centre for Social Policy Research (ZeS). Among others he spend some time on the Party Facts project helping us to clean up some of the sources and working on the ESS parties export.

March 17, 2015

PPMD parties added

We have added the parties from the PPMD expert survey.

Benoit, Kenneth and Michael Laver. 2006. Party Policy in Modern Democracies. London; New York: Routledge. Retrieved.

March 16, 2015

Small research grant won

Holger won a small research grant from the University of Bremen. The grant will fund working on the project with three RAs from August to December 2015 and a research stay at the Center for Political Studies (CPS) in Ann Arbor.

Feb. 23, 2015

Short winter sprint

We reserved a few days to program on the Party Facts project. Our time was spend on some maintenance work, fixing open issues and polishing the user interface. The user experience should be more smooth now but a few issues remain before we announce the project publicly.

Feb. 19, 2015

Ray (1999) parties added

We have added parties from the Ray (1999) expert survey.

Ray, Leonard. 1999. “Measuring Party Orientations towards European Integration: Results from an Expert Survey.” European Journal of Political Research 36(2):283–306.

Nov. 12, 2014

EPAC parties added

We have added the parties from the EPAC expert survey (Szöcsik and Zuber 2012) and Christina has kindly provided most of the links to the Party Facts parties.

Sept. 4, 2014

ECPR General Conference presentation

Sven presented Party Facts at the ECPR General Conference 2014 in Glasgow.

Aug. 19, 2014

Huber/Inglehart (1995) parties added

We have added parties from the Huber/Inglehart (1995) expert survey and linked them with information from the ParlGov project.

Huber, John D. and Ronald Inglehart. 1995. “Expert Interpretations of Party Space and Party Locations in 42 Societies.” Party Politics 1(1):73–111.

July 8, 2014

Bremen sprint

We spend two days on a sprint in Bremen. There are some considerable improvements to the page but also some open issues left that we will fix over the next days.

June 28, 2014

KUREP (2012) parties added

Rohrschneider, Robert, and Stephen Whitefield. 2012. The Strain of Representation: How Parties Represent Diverse Voters in Western and Eastern Europe. Oxford University Press. -----, ‘An Expert Survey of 208 Parties in Europe’.

June 14, 2014

Kitschelt (2013) parties added

We have imported a list of parties from the Kitschelt (2013) expert survey on leadership accountability. This information has allowed us to significantly extend the number of countries we cover.

Herbert Kitschelt, 2013. Dataset of the Democratic Accountability and Linkages Project (DALP). Duke University. web.duke.edu/democracy.

May 23, 2014

Party Facts presentation at “Big Data? New Data!“ workshop

Today, we presented Party Facts and a paper introducing the project at the “Big Data? New Data!“ workshop in Duisburg-Essen.

May 3, 2014

CHES parties added and linked

We have added the party list from the Chapel Hill Expert Survey (CHES) and linked the parties with the MARPOR IDs included in the CHES party list and with ParlGov IDs. Some remaining parties need to be linked in the online interface.

Hooghe, Liesbet et al. 2010. “Reliability and Validity of Measuring Party Positions: The Chapel Hill Expert Surveys of 2002 and 2006.” European Journal of Political Research 49(5):687–703.

April 5, 2014

MPSA roundtable

Holger will be a panelist at the MPSA roundtable on "Coordinating Electoral and Institutional Data Assets for Data-Intensive Research: Developing a Vision for the Future", Saturday, April 5, 8:30-10:10, MPSA Conference Chicago. The roundtable discusses some of the challenges that Party Facts aims at addressing. Thanks to Thomas Mustillo (Purdue University) for organizing the roundtable.

March 20, 2014

Party Facts in Gothenburg

Today, we gave a brief introduction to the Party Facts project to some scholars of the political science department of the University of Gothenburg.

March 19, 2014

New domain – www.partyfacts.org

We have set up www.partyfacts.org as our new home address. At this stage, the page just redirects to the prototype at partyfacts.herokuapp.com.

March 1, 2014

Party Codes renamed into Party Facts

We have decided to rename the project into Party Facts. Our goal is to provide a modern almanac about political parties recorded in social science datasets and we aim at moving beyond simply matching Party Codes.

Jan. 3, 2014

WZB meeting

Holger and Sven met at the WZB and discussed some of the open issues that need to be fixed before we invite some beta testers.

Dec. 8, 2013

Prototype completed

Over the weekend, we have completed a prototype of the party mapping page. It includes all of the basic functionality we want to include. Registered users can now map, add and edit parties. There is also some documentation of user activities. The page is still buggy, with many layout glitches but it provides a far better example of what we are aiming at.

Nov. 29, 2013

Mackie/Rose parties added

We have imported a list of parties from the seminal Mackie/Rose election data. This information will allow us to significantly extend the period we cover.

Mackie, Thomas, and Richard Rose. 1991. The International Almanac of Electoral History. Washington D.C.: Congressional Quarterly.

Oct. 9, 2013

PPLA parties added

We added the parties from the Parties and Presidents in Latin America (PPLA) dataset. Hopefully, this will widen the geographical scope of our project.

Wiesehomeier, Nina, and Kenneth Benoit. 2009. “Presidents, Parties and Policy Competition.” The Journal of Politics 71(4):1435–47.

Sept. 7, 2013

ECPR General Conference

We talked to some colleagues at the ECPR General Conference 2013 in Bordeaux about the feasibility of our project. As always: many nice ideas, some encouragement but also the obvious fact that we need to complete the prototype.

Aug. 26, 2013

Summer sprint

This week, we aim at completing our minimum viable prototype and hope to launch a beta version.

July 5, 2013

Short project meeting

Another short project meeting at the WZB today, summarizing what we have completed so far and defining open tasks for a beta lauch.

May 16, 2013

Lund discussion

Holger attended a small workshop on cabinet formation in Lund, organized by Hanna Bäck (Lund University), Torbjörn Bergman and Johan Hellström (both Umeå University). Over the workshop, we also discussed the benefits of a party codes project. ERD will probably be the first external dataset that is completely linked to the party codes project.

March 21, 2013

WZB project meeting

We had a small project meeting. Annika, Holger, Pola and Sven agreed to launch a joined project on linking party codes. This is just a side project but we are interested in trying to pool our knowledge and data on political parties.

March 11, 2013

Morgan (1976) parties added

We added the parties from the first party expert survey conducted four decades ago.

Morgan, Michael-John. 1976. “The Modelling of Governmental Coalition Formation: A Policy-Based Approach with Interval Measurement.” University of Michigan.

Feb. 13, 2013

WZB workshop

Hans-Dieter Klingemann organized a small workshop at the WZB to discuss the feaibility of a project linking various information about political parties. Holger and Sven prepared a short presentation with a prototype for such a project. Mark Kayser (Hertie School of Governance, Berlin) provided some ideas about the institutional structure of such a project.

We agreed to focus on a minimum viable prototype first and aim at organising an international workshop with all stakeholders once the prototype has been in completed.

Jan. 31, 2013

ERD parties added

We added the parties from the ERD Party Codebook. They have yet to be completly linked.

Andersson, Staffan, Torbjörn Bergman, and Svante Ersson. 2014. ‘Andersson, Staffan; Bergman, Torbjörn & Ersson, Svante (2014). “The European Representative Democracy Data Archive, Release 3”. Main Sponsor: Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (In2007-0149:1-E). [www.erdda.se]’.

Jan. 7, 2013

First online version available

The first online version of the party codes project is available at partycodes.herokuapp.com.

Jan. 3, 2013

WZB project meeting

Holger and Sven met at the WZB and defined the potential layout of the party codes project.

Nov. 24, 2012

First local version available

We have implemented a first local version of the project.

Oct. 26, 2012

Party codes project idea

At a workshop of the Policy Votes Project and after a few follow up emails the idea was formed to explore the potential of a project that links party codes across political science data sets.