European Representative Democracy Data Archive

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Torbjörn Bergman

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Staffan Andersson - Linnaeus University, Department of Political Science

Svante Ersson - Umeå University, Department of Political Science

Torbjörn Bergman - Umeå University, Department of Political Science

Research principal

Umeå University - School of social sciences, political science rorId


The European Representative Democracy data archive consists of cabinet-level data for 29 European democracies in post-WWII Europe. For each country it includes data for the cabinets that have formed after the introduction of the current democratic regime of parliamentary democracy (for Cyprus representative democracy). Included are cabinets that have formed before or on December 31 2010. Altogether, a total of 640 cabinets- -coalitions, single party and non-partisan- are included.


The purpose of the data archive project is to rectify a lack of comparable comprehensive data on the relation between citizens' and central actors of representative democracy's views of democratic values and attitudes, and systematic information on central political actors and the institutions in which they exist.

Data contains personal data


Method and outcome


640 cabinets (coalitions, single and non-partisan)

Time period(s) investigated

1940 – 2010

Data format / data structure

Data collection
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 2007–ongoing
  • Source of the data: Registers/Records/Accounts
Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Austria

Geographic description: 29 European democracies

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Highest geographic unit


Administrative information

Responsible department/unit

School of social sciences, political science


  • Funding agency: Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation
  • Funding agency's reference number: In2007-0149:1-E
Topic and keywords

Research area

Government, political systems and organisations (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Political behaviour and attitudes (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Political science (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Political science (excluding public administration studies and globalisation studies) (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)


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Ausderan, Jacob Thomas, ”International Conflict and the Strategic Selection of Foreign Policy Advisors” (2013). Diss. The Florida State University.
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Andersson, Staffan (2015). “Storbritannien”, in Anckar, Carsten and Thomas Denk (2015). Komparativ politik: nio politiska system, Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Benoit, Kenneth and Thomas Däubler (2014). "Putting Text in Context: How to Estimate Better Left-Right Positions by Scaling Party Manifesto Data using Item Response Theory." Prepared for the “Mapping Policy Preferences from Texts” Conference, May 15-16, 2014, Berlin.

Bergman, Torbjörn, Alejandro Ecker, and Wolfgang C. Müller. "How Parties Govern: Political Parties and the Internal Organization of Government." in Müller, Wolfgang C. and Hanne Marthe Narud, (eds.) Party governance and party democracy. New York: Springer. 33-50.

Bergman, Torbjörn, Svante Ersson, and Johan Hellström. "Government formation and breakdown in Western and Central Eastern Europe." Comparative European Politics (2013).

Bergman, Torbjörn, and Johan Hellström. "Country-specific configurations and constants in cross-national variable analysis." The 42nd ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, 10-15 April 2014, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain: Paper prepared for the workshop on the evolution of parliamentarism and its political consequences. 2014.

Buzogány, Aron and Sabine Kropp, (2013). ”Koalitionen von Parteien”, in Niedermeyer, Oskar (ed.) Handbuch partaienforschung. Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien.

Döring, Holger and Schwander, Hanna (forthcoming). "Revisiting the left cabinet share: How to measure the partisan profile of governments in welfare state research".
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Ecker, Alejandro, Konstantin Glinitzer, and Thomas M. Meyer. "Corruption performance voting and the electoral context." European Political Science Review: 1-22.

Heller, Maiko Isabelle (2013). ”Context matters: How outside opinions affect the manifestation of common-pool problems in government spending”. EPSA 2013 Annual General Conference Paper 425.

Hübscher, Evelyne and Thomas Sattler, "Fiscal Consolidation Under Electoral Risk" (July 23, 2014).

Hübscher, Evelyne. ”The politics of fiscal consolidation revisited”. Journal of Public Policy, doi:10.1017/S0143814X15000057.

Jenny, Marcelo, Müller, Wolfgang C., Bradbury, Jonathan, Eder, Nikolaus and Ilonszki, Gabriella (2014). ”MPs' inter-party contacts and the operation of party democracy”, in Deschouwer, Kris & Depauw, Sam (eds.) Representing the people: A survey among members of statewide and sub-state parliaments. New York: Oxford University Press.

Laver, Michael and Kenneth Benoit (2014). "The Basic Arithmetic of Legislative Decisions." American Journal of Political Science

Mölder, Martin. (2014) "Coherence of Coalition Governments Across Types of Parliamentarism." 42nd ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops in Salamanca, Spain 10-15 April 2014.

Mölder, Martin. (2014) ”From Ideological Distance to Programmatic Overlap: A Non-Spatial Measure of Party Policy Difference.” ECPR General Conference in Glasgow, 3-6 September 2014.

Müller, Wolfgang C., ‘Governments and Bureaucracies’ in Daniele Caramani (ed.), Comparative Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 3rd edition, 2014, pp. 131-149.

Nyblade, Benjamin (2013). ”Government formation in parliamentary democracies”, in Müller, Wolfgang C. and Hanne Marthe Narud, (eds.) Party governance and party democracy. New York: Springer

Schleiter, Petra, and Tavits, Margit. ”The Electoral Benefits of Opportunistic Election Timing” (2014). Working Paper, University of Oxford.

Saalfeld, Thomas (2013). ”Economic Performance, Political Institutions and Cabinet Durability in 28 European Parliamentary Democracies, 1945-2011”, in Müller, Wolfgang C. & Hanne Marthe Narud, (eds.) Party governance and party democracy. New York: Springer

Saalfeld, Thomas. "Executive-legislative relations in Europe." Magone, José M., ed. Routledge Handbook of European Politics (2014): 346.

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