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Polity 4

The Polity IV Project continues the Polity research tradition of coding the authority characteristics of states in the world system for purposes of comparative, quantitative analysis.



The PARLINE database contains information on the structure and working methods of 266 parliamentary chambers in all of the 188 countries where a national legislature exists.


Banque mondiale

Free and open access to data about development in countries around the globe.


Nation Master

A vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD. Using the form above, you can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics with ease.


Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research

ICPSR provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for a diverse and expanding social science research community.


Programme des Nations Unies sur le Développement

The office works with others to achieve change through writing and research, data analysis and presentation, support to national and regional analysis and outreach and advocacy work.



Eurostat's mission: to be the leading provider of high quality statistics on Europe.



Its surveys and studies address major topics concerning European citizenship: enlargement, social situation, health, culture, information technology, environment, the Euro, defence, etc.


The Data

The Dataverse Network is an open source application to publish, share, reference, extract and analyze research data.


Atelier des Cartographies Sciences Po (french)

Une cartothèque en ligne qui contient une base de fonds de cartes et graphiques sur différents sujets économiques, politiques, sociaux, démographiques et environnementaux.


International IDEA

Its programmes aim to: Provide knowledge to democracy builders, Provide policy development and analysis, Support democratic reform


World Values Survey

This is a place to learn more about values and cultural changes in societies all over the world.


Organisation de Coopération et de Développement économique 

The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems.


International Labour Organization

The unique tripartite structure of the ILO gives an equal voice to workers, employers and governments to ensure that the views of the social partners are closely reflected in labour standards and in shaping policies and programmes.


World Trade Organization

The WTO deals with the rules of trade between nations at a global or near-global level. But there is more to it than that...


United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

UNCTAD compiles, validates and processes a wide range of data collected from national and international sources. Most of the time series cover long periods, with some dating back to 1948, for almost all economies of the world.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

The primary source for cross-nationally comparable statistics on education, science and technology, culture, and communication for more than 200 countries and territories.


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

FAO develops methods and standards for food and agriculture statistics, provides technical assistance services and disseminates data for global monitoring. Statistical activities at FAO include the development and implementation of methodologies and standards for data collection, validation, processing and analysis


Correlates of War

One of the principal activities of the Correlates of War Project is the extension and maintenance of the core COW data sets that have proved invaluable to the broader scientific community.


Comprehensive Study on Civil War 

CSCW aims to clarify the ways in which actors respond to civil war, in all its phases from onset to post conflict, whether as primary participants, general citizenry or intervening powers.


Freedom Index de Heritage Foundation

Since 1995, the Index has brought Smith's theories about liberty, prosperity and economic freedom to life by creating 10 benchmarks that gauge the economic success of 185 countries around the world. With its user-friendly format, readers can see how 18th century theories on prosperity and economic freedom are realities in the 21st century.



DataGov provides a user-friendly interface for accessing most of the publicly available indicators related to governance. It contains approximately 800 governance indicators for a global sample of countries whose coverage depends on the source.


Integrated Public Use Microdata Series

IPUMS-International is an effort to inventory, preserve, harmonize, and disseminate census microdata from around the world.



It brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point. Users can now search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN system.


Governance Surveys Database



This web site provides access to information and data on International Merchandise Trade Statistics (IMTS) and the work of the International Merchandise Trade Statistics Section (IMTSS) of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD).


United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

A good monitoring and appraisal of the broad range of areas in the field of population.


World Factbook of the Central Intelligence Agency

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.


United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Data is presented under four subject areas: Macroeconomic Statistics, Gender Statistics, Transport Statistics, Forestry Statistics. Multi-dimensional tables present data by country, by various socio-economic classifications related to the context, and by time period.


Altapedia Online

Atlapedia® Online contains full color physical maps, political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world.


Statistics Belgium

Statistics Belgium is in charge of collecting, processing and disseminating relevant, reliable and commented statistical and economic information.


State Watch

In charge of monitoring the state and civil liberties in Europe.


Global Security

GlobalSecurity.org is focused on innovative approaches to the emerging security challenges of the new millennium .


Uppsala Conflict Data Program

The Department conducts research in several major areas of peace and conflict studies. Moreover, it houses its own data collection program – the internationally renowned Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) – which provides a unique freely and globally accessible dataset for frontline research around the world.



VoteWatch Europe is an independent organisation set up to promote better debates and greater transparency in EU decision-making, by providing easy access to, and analysis of, the votes and other activities of the European Parliament (EP) and the EU Council of Ministers (Council).


Cartes – la documentation française (french)

Plusieurs centaines de cartes accessibles par thème ou zone géographique issues des différentes revues et collections de la Documentation française.


The Center for Socio-Political Data

Set up to make data documented and validated by the academic community available to researchers and wider public.


European Social Survey

The survey measures the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of diverse populations in more than thirty nations.


Comparative Study of Electoral Systems

CSES is a collaborative program of research among election study teams from around the world. The resulting data are deposited along with voting, demographic, district and macro variables. The studies are then merged into a single, free, public dataset for use in comparative study and cross-level analysis.


Database of Political Institutions

The Database of Political Institutions (DPI) was compiled by the Development Research Group of the World Bank for research in comparative political economy and comparative political institutions.


Political Party Database

The Political Party Database Project is an initiative to establish a regularly-updated, online, public database as a central source for key information about political party organization, party resources, leadership selection, and political participation within parties.


Party Law in Modern Europe

This site is the portal for research on the legal regulation of political parties in post-war European democracies. The site contains a searchable database of party laws, as well as information, news, and publications associated with research projects on The Constitutional Regulation of Political Parties in Post-War Europe and Re-conceptualizing Party Democracy.


Members and Activists of Political Parties

This research portal contains information on activities and publications of the working group, as well as databases on party membership.


Political Database of the Americas

Their mission is to promote high quality research on Latin America through multidisciplinary collaboration.


Electoral System Change in Europe since 1945

Coordinated by Jean-Benoit Pilet (Université libre de Bruxelles) and Alan Renwick (University of Reading), the ESCE project aims at contributing to our understanding of electoral systems in Europe in two respects.


Political Data Yearbook

Political Data Yearbook captures election results, national referenda, changes in government, and institutional reforms for a range of countries, within and beyond the EU.