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ParlGov 14/12 released

We have added the 2014 stable version of the ParlGov data. Our FAQ provides some details about the streamlined release process.

Mon 29 December 2014 — stable release
Japan election and cabinet added

Preparing the 2014 stable version, we have added results for the recent election in Japan and the new Abe cabinet.

Sat 27 December 2014 — recent event · Japan
Votes level data for all countries

This December, we have completed updating all countries to 'votes level' data. The first versions of ParlGov included parties with seats in parliament and their vote share ('seats level'). Over the years we updated all countries to 'votes level': adding the number of votes and parties with no seats in parliament and more than 1.0% vote share.

Wed 24 December 2014 — votes level
Excel spreadsheet added

We have added an Excel spreadsheet of our main data. It includes sheets for the three main data tables (party, election, cabinet) and two documentation sheets (variable, readme). Importing the csv files has always caused some issues among our users due to different language and encoding settings.

Tue 23 December 2014 — announcement
Final country selection

We have completed the country selection and include 37 EU and OECD democracies with a parliamentary or semi-presidential system. We removed countries from the experimental version that we have not fully covered (alb, chl, gdr, kor, lie, mex, nir, sco, usa, wal).

Mon 22 December 2014 — change data
New webpage at www.parlgov.org

We moved a new webpage to www.parlgov.org. We have adjusted and tested the new version for some time. This will now be the main page of the project and all different versions (dev.parlgov.org, testing.parlgov.org, wiki.parlgov.org) that existed previously are redirected to it. An archive of the old static version is available on the new page.

Sun 21 December 2014 — announcement
Wiki removed

We removed the wiki that was previously available at wiki.parlgov.org. It has never received the level of attention or activity to keep it as an individual entity. We moved the relevant information from the wiki to the main new page (codebook, country info, changelog).

Sat 20 December 2014 — announcement
European Parliament elections added

We have added all results of the elections to the European Parliament in 2014. The coding is based on the official election results provided by the respective national authorities.

Fri 19 December 2014 — recent event
Romania cabinet added

We have added the fourth cabinet of PM Ponta that formed after a change in party composition.

Thu 18 December 2014 — recent event · Romania
2015 sprint

We are completing our work on a major new version of ParlGov. It will include all data updated to votes level, the 2014 EP election and a new version of the web page. This will complete our effort to establish ParlGov as a coherent source of information about parties, elections and cabinets. We will also start to streamline the project and remove some old cruft. Separate news entries will inform about the individual steps.

Wed 17 December 2014 — announcement
Bulgaria election and cabinet added

We have added the recent election in Bulgaria and the second cabinet under PM Borisov.

Wed 3 December 2014 — recent event · Bulgaria
Presidents added to ParlGov

We have added all presidents to ParlGov.

Tue 2 December 2014 — new data
France cabinets updated

We have updated all cabinets in France from 1944 to 1997.

Thu 20 November 2014 — update · France
Latvia election and cabinet added

We have added the recent election in Latvia and the second cabinet under PM Straujuma.

Thu 6 November 2014 — recent event · Latvia
New Commission added

We have added the newly appointed Commission to ParlGov.

Sat 1 November 2014 — recent event
Israel added to ParlGov

After considerable coding effort we have added all elections and cabinets in Israel since 1948 to ParlGov. The coding is mainly based on Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, Knesset and Reuters.

Thu 30 October 2014 — new data · Israel
New Zealand election and cabinet added

We have added the recent election in New Zealand and the third cabinet under PM Key.

Wed 29 October 2014 — recent event · New Zealand
Belgium cabinet added

We have added the newly formed cabinet under PM Michel.

Thu 16 October 2014 — recent event · Belgium
Switzerland with votes level data

We have updated all election results for Switzerland from seats to votes level data. The coding is mainly based on the Statistical Office of Switzerland.

Wed 15 October 2014 — votes level · Switzerland
Poland cabinet added

We have added the newly formed cabinet under PM Kopacz.

Tue 14 October 2014 — recent event · Poland
Sweden cabinet added

We have added the newly formed cabinet under PM Loefven.

Mon 13 October 2014 — recent event · Sweden
Sweden election added

We have added the recent election in Sweden.

Tue 30 September 2014 — recent event · Sweden
Finland cabinet added

We have added the second cabinet of PM Stubb that formed after a change in party composition.

Mon 29 September 2014 — recent event · Finland
Slovenia cabinet added

We have added the newly formed cabinet under PM Cerar.

Thu 25 September 2014 — recent event · Slovenia
Turkey cabinet added

We have added the newly formed cabinet under PM Davutoglu.

Tue 23 September 2014 — recent event · Turkey
Bulgaria interim cabinet added

We have added the new caretaker cabinet under PM Bliznashki.

Wed 3 September 2014 — recent event · Bulgaria
France cabinet added

We have added the second cabinet of PM Valls.

Fri 29 August 2014 — recent event · France
Slovenia election added

We have added the recent election in Slovenia.

Thu 7 August 2014 — recent event · Slovenia
Finland cabinet added

We have added the first cabinet of PM Stubb.

Thu 26 June 2014 — recent event · Finland
Belgian election added

We have added the recent election in Belgium.

Wed 25 June 2014 — recent event · Belgium
ParlGov at “Big Data? New Data!“ workshop in Duisburg

We presented ParlGov's history and technical infrastructure at the “Big Data? New Data!“ workshop of the German Political Science Association (DVPW) political methodology section in Duisburg-Essen.

Fri 23 May 2014 — presentation
Hungary election and cabinet added

We have added the recent election in Hungary and the third cabinet under PM Orban.

Tue 13 May 2014 — recent event · Hungary
Hungary with votes level data

We have updated all election results for Hungary from seats to votes level data. The coding is mainly based on the National Election Committee Hungary and the Essex CEE elections database.

Fri 9 May 2014 — votes level · Hungary
Turkey added to ParlGov

We have added all elections and cabinets in Turkey since 1983 to ParlGov. The coding is based mainly on Reuters and Turkish Statistical Institute.

Tue 6 May 2014 — new data · Turkey
France cabinet added

We have added the newly formed cabinet under PM Valls.

Tue 8 April 2014 — recent event · France
ParlGov at MPSA

We had the chance to discuss current challenges of data integration in a very nice roundtable discussion at the MPSA conference in Chicago. The roundtable 'Coordinating Electoral and Institutional Data Assets for Data-Intensive Research: Developing a Vision for the Future' was organised by Thomas Mustillo (Purdue University) and included members of CLEA (Ken Kollman, University of Michigan), the EJPR Yearbook (Kevin Robert Deegan-Krause, Wayne State University), PPDB Project (Susan E. Scarrow, University of Houston) and DPEG (Alexander Herzog, LSE). In addition, we had a fantastic conversation with Ryan Bakker (University of Georgia), a principal investigator for the CHES. One result of these discussions was a renewed interest to link party IDs between the various projects.

Sat 5 April 2014 — presentation
Finland cabinet added

We have added the second cabinet of PM Katainen that formed after a change in party composition.

Tue 1 April 2014 — recent event · Finland
Estonia cabinet added

We have added the newly formed cabinet under PM Roivas.

Mon 31 March 2014 — recent event · Estonia
Cyprus cabinet added

We have added the second cabinet of President Anastasiades that formed after a change in party composition.

Tue 18 March 2014 — recent event · Cyprus
Romania cabinet added

We have added the third cabinet of PM Ponta that formed after a change in party composition.

Tue 11 March 2014 — recent event · Romania
Italy cabinet added

We have added the new cabinet under PM Renzi.

Tue 25 February 2014 — recent event · Italy
ParlGov 2014 clean-up

We are in the process of cleaning up the data in ParlGov. Our goal is to provide reliable data for parties, elections and cabinets in "all EU and OECD democracies". We are almost there with only some OECD countries and a few election results (EU members) of parties that won no seats missing. However, the documentation still leaves room for improvement and there need to be some more routines that check for data consistency.

Currently, we are completing a new version of the webpage and are cleaning up the code that runs the page and calculates the data. There has been a lot of cruft over the years and often new tools provide more straight forward solutions. ParlGov needs some streamlining to be maintainable for the years to come.

We trim down on our earlier aspirations and are removing all countries that are neither EU nor OECD members. This affects data in the experimental version only. There will also be some changes to the linking of political parties.

We will provide news entries once we have completed the respective clean-ups.

Again, none of this should effect information in the development version of ParlGov but only additional data in the experimental version (guest login required).

Sat 8 February 2014 — change data
Danish cabinet added

We have added the second cabinet of PM Thorning-Schmidt that formed after a change in party composition.

Fri 7 February 2014 — recent event · Denmark
Czech Republic cabinet added

We have added the newly formed cabinet under PM Sobotka.

Thu 30 January 2014 — recent event · Czech Republic
Latvia cabinet added

We have added the new cabinet under PM Straujuma.

Wed 29 January 2014 — recent event · Latvia