DATA

 

 

Here I provide some of the datasets used in my research. Each dataset is associated with a research project, and are available for download.

 

 

 

Roll call votes data from the first 16 months of the sixth European Parliament (2004-2005)- available upon request

 

 

 

Votes from 21 European Parliaments 

 

These data have been used in three different projects involving voting behavior in national parliaments. The datasets are still under construction and therefore votes from other countries will become available soon. 

 

Most datasets include a variable called “name” denoting the name of each individual member of parliament, and a variable called “party” or “partyname” denoting the party to which the member belongs. The list of parties in all datasets is provided here. The rest of the variables represent the individual votes. In general the votes are coded as “3”- yes; “2”- no; “1”- abstention. Some datasets also have votes coded as “0”, meaning that the member was present but did not vote. Missing values are denoted by empty cells. 

 

Most datasets record the vote position of each member in each vote. The exceptions are France 1 and Poland 1 which only report the aggregate vote positions for each party in each vote. 

 

All data is saved as comma separated values, easy to import to most statistical software. To download them right click on the country of interest and select “save linked file as...” If you have problems using the data let me know and I can to provide them in different formats. 

 

Suggested citations:

 

For datasets Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France 1, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland 1, Romania 1, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, UK: 

 

“Institutions and Vote Unity in Parliaments: Evidence from 33 National Chambers.” Journal of Legislative Studies 21(3): 360-89.

 

For datasets Austria, France 2, Ireland, Poland 2:

 

“Dimensions of political conflict in West and East: An application of vote scaling to 22 European parliaments.”  Party Politics (2015). 

 

For datasets Romania 2 and Romania 3:

 

Legislative Behavior under High Constituency and Party Leadership Control: The Effect of the 2008 Romanian Electoral Reform.” Legislative Studies Quarterly, 37(2): 199-224).

 

 

 

 

In depth interviews with members of the Romanian Chamber of deputies

 

This section of the website contains the full texts of the interviews used in the paper “Increasing Representative Accountability through Electoral Laws: The Consequences of the 2008 Romanian Electoral Reform” (under review at Journal of Legislative Studies).

 

I am still working on the translation of the texts from Romanian to English, and as the interviews are translated they will appear on the website. 

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