The Comparative Parliamentary Democracy Data Archive

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Torbjörn Bergman - Umeå University, Department of Political Science

Kaare Strøm - University of California, San Diego, The Department of Political Science

Wolfgang Müller - University of Vienna, Department of Government

Research principal

Södertörns högskola - School of Social Science rorId


The Comparative Parliamentary Democracy Data Archive data set consist of cabinet-level data of 17 Western European democracies for post-WWII cabinets through January 1, 1999. All together, a total of 424 coalitions, single party and non-partisan cabinets are included. Data for Greece, Portugal and Spain exist only after their democratizations in the 1970s, while data on France is limited to the Fifth Republic beginning in 1959. For the purposes of our data set, it can be said that the world "froze" on January 1, 1999. The last observation in each country is coded on the basis on the information that was available on that day.


The Comparative Parliamentary Democracy project examines West European parliamentary politics from a principal–agent perspective.

The ZIP file consist sav files (for SPSS) and documentation in pdf format (codebooks).

Data contains personal data



Method and outcome


424 cabinets (coalitions, single and non-partisan)

Time period(s) investigated

1945 – 1999



Number of individuals/objects


Data format / data structure

Data collection
Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany, Austria

Geographic description: 17 nations in Europe

Lowest geographic unit


Administrative information

Responsible department/unit

School of Social Science


  • Funding agency: Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation
  • Funding agency's reference number: 1996-0801
Topic and keywords

Research area

Government, political systems and organisations (CESSDA Topic Classification)

International politics and organisations (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Political behaviour and attitudes (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Social sciences (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Political science (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)


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Strøm, Kaare; Müller, Wolfgang C. and Bergman, Torbjörn, eds. (2008). Cabinets and Coalition Bargaining: the Democratic Life Cycle in Western Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Libris | Inhaltsverzeichnis | Google Books
ISBN: 9780199587490

Strøm, Kaare; Müller, Wolfgang C. and Bergman, Torbjörn eds. (2003). Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Paperback 2006).
Libris | Swepub | Umeå University | Library of Congress
ISBN: 9780198297840

Müller, Wolfgang C. and Kaare Strøm, eds. (2000). Coalition Governments in Western Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Paperback 2003)
Libris | Google Books | Library of Congress
ISBN: 9780198297611

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Published: 2015-01-13
Last updated: 2019-02-06