Poland’s National Science Centre

Cross-National Studies: Interdisciplinary Research and Training Program (CONSIRT)

Polish Academy of Sciences

Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, PAN


Project on Political Transformation and the Electoral Process in Post-Communist Europe, University of Essex

The principal aim of the [University of Essex] project is to explain the role of electoral systems in the process of democratisation in post-communist Europe. The investigation will focus on twelve core countries (Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and Ukraine), but where available we have provided data for other post-communist states.

Providing an Infrastructure for Research on Electoral Democracy in the European Union (PIREDEU)

The PIREDEU project aims at designing an infrastructure for research into citizenship, political participation, and electoral democracy in the European Union (EU). This infrastructure will provide a comprehensive empirical database regarding voters, candidates for election to the European Parliament (EP), media coverage of EP elections, party manifestos issued in connection with these elections, and contextual data relevant to these elections (such as the numerical outcomes of the elections in all EU member countries). The Candidate Survey Data includes the whole universe of MP candidates to the European Parliament’s 2009 election.  For more information, see the GESIS website.

SmartVote Switzerland

Smartvote is a so-called online voting advice application (VAA). Based on a comprehensive questionnaire on political issues it compares the political positions of voters with those of political parties and candidates. Voters receive a voting advise in form of a position-matching.  It does not have all candidates.  For example, in the elections to the National Council in 2011,  the available candidates were 2,884 (83%).

Election Resources

Welcome to the Election Resources on the Internet website. In this space you will find links to Internet sites around the world which provide complete and detailed national and local election statistics, as well as other election resources…  This website also includes sections dedicated to elections and electoral systems in diverse countries around the world…

Psephos: Adam Carr’s Election Archive

The largest, most comprehensive and most up-to-date archive of electoral information in the world, with election statistics from 182 countries… This archive was created by and is maintained by Dr Adam Carr of Melbourne Australia.

Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) PARLINE Database

The PARLINE database contains information on the structure and working methods of 266 parliamentary chambers in all of the 189 countries where a national legislature exists.

National Electoral Commission Offices

Poland: National Electoral Commission

Hungary: National Election Office

Ukraine:  Central Election Commission

National Statistical Offices

Poland:  Central Statistical Office

Hungary:  Central Statistical Office

Ukraine:  National Statistical Office

List of national statistical offices worldwide, maintained by the UN

Related Projects

Data Harmonization

“Democratic Values and Protest Behavior: Data Harmonization, Measurement Comparability, and Multi-Level Modeling in Cross-National Perspective”  is a joint endeavour of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, and the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, The Ohio State University, and is financed by the Polish National Science Centre in the framework of the Harmonia grant competition… ” to harmonize the data appropriately, that is, to meet the stringent methodological requirements for comparative research, we must solve a lot of problems of comparability of indicators and constructs, based on confirmatory factor analysis and regression imputation.”

Polish Panel Survey POLPAN 1988 – 2013

POLPAN is a nationally representative panel dataset of Poles spanning from 1988 to 2013 covering topics on occupational careers, social stratification, psychological motivations, political attitudes and behaviors, and health and well-being.  A list of publications is here.