Comparative Political Regimes and Elections
In addition to data compiled by the Comparative Constitutions Project and other existing data sources, developing refined cross-national measures of national political institutions required data on election results, regime change, and the composition of governments. Without such data it is impossible to gauge the role elections play in the strategic calculations of political leaders, or their role in reshaping governments. Because an organized and comprehensive dataset on such matters did not exist, the Center supported the on-going efforts of Professor Jose Antonio Cheibub, the Boeschenstein Professor of Political Economy and Public Policy and Professor Tasos Kalandrakis of Rochester University. Their efforts were integrated into the Comparative Political Regimes and Elections Project, which was supervised by Professor Cheibub after his arrival at Illinois.
Under Cheibub's direction this project used recent advances in information technology to collect, organize, and cross-validate data on a wide range of matters dealing with regime formation and elections: political parties (formation, evolution and ideological location), national elections (timing, results and seat allocation), governments (composition, portfolio allocation and duration), government formation (formateur selection, formation attempts, duration), regime and leadership transition (coups, democratization, succession). A team of graduate students used an array of data collection strategies to assemble the data necessary to construct this data archive, which is complete. A white paper prepared by Cheibub is available describing the dataset.