Databases and Networks

IDEA has collected and produced a number of information databases on different areas of democracy and elections worldwide.

Data and Statistics

Global Database on Elections and Democracy

Global Database on Elections and Democracytop

Several of International IDEAs key databases are now brought together under one common interface so that navigation and appearance (maps, tables, menus, etc.) are common for all. It is also possible for users to contribute to updating and improving the quality of each database and to customize their own data.

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Direct Democracy Database

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In addition to elections, a wide range of democratic practices exist in order to further engage citizens in making political and institutional decisions. Citizen’s direct participation in key national decisions can be grouped into the provisions that are commonly called direct democracy. International IDEA’s Direct Democracy database contains comparative data on such mechanisms around the globe.

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Electoral Justice Database

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The electoral justice system is a key instrument of the rule of law and the ultimate guarantee of compliance with the democratic principle of holding free, fair and genuine elections. International IDEA’s Electoral Justice database is comprehensive source of global comparative data on electoral dispute resolution mechanisms.

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Electoral System Design

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The choice of electoral system is one of the most important institutional decisions for any democracy. Electoral systems define and structure the rules of the political game; they help determine who is elected, how a campaign is fought, the role of political parties, and most importantly, who governs. Furthermore, the choice of an electoral system can help to "engineer" specific outcomes, such as to encourage cooperation and accommodation in a divided society.

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ICTs in Electionstop

One of the most compelling concerns election practitioners face today is how to make use of the unique opportunities presented by the development of modern information and communication technologies (ICTs). ICTs can help to speed up and streamline several procedures in the electoral cycle, such as the registration of voters, casting the vote, processing of results, and many other processes. However, technologies can also create complex challenges to election operations.

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Political Finance Database

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International IDEA’s database on Political Finance is the world’s leading source of comparative information on political finance regulations. It includes laws and regulations from 179 individual countries.

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Voter Turnout

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The International IDEA Voter Turnout Website contains the most comprehensive global collection of political participation statistics available. Regularly updated voter turnout figures for national presidential and parliamentary elections since 1945 are presented country by country, using both the number of registered voters and voting age population as indicators. Where available, we also include the spoilt ballot rate for each election. Included also are the most recent indicators of literacy and human development, along with the type of electoral system currently used and whether voting is compulsory or not.

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Voting from Abroad Database

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The ability of people who are outside their home country when an election takes place to exercise their right to vote has long been an issue in electoral design and management. With the increase in the level of globalization this issue is becoming more and more important. International IDEA’s Voting from Abroad database contains global comparative data on voting practices worldwide, presented country by country, by region and worldwide.

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State of Democracy

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The State of Democracy assessment methodology (SoD) is a tool intended for use by citizens to assess the quality of their democracy, and define priority areas for policy and democratic reform. The network website includes an interactive version of the Democracy Assessment Framework, a collection of Assessments conducted around the world, the home of the Expert Network, as well as interviews, related publications, links and an Ask the Expert feature.

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Interactive Data

Interactive Overview of combinations of Electoral Systems and Quota Types

Interactive Overview of combinations of Electoral Systems and Quota Typestop

The interactive table shows the suitability of different combinations of electoral systems and gender quota types.

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Partnership Networks

ACE Electoral Knowledge Network

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The Administration and Cost of Elections (ACE) Electronic Publication represents the first-ever attempt to provide a globally accessible information resource on election administration. It provides user-friendly, operationally oriented information on options, detailed procedures, alternative solutions and the administrative and cost implications associated with organising elections.

A systematic collection of how countries actually manage their elections (used to be called EPIC) is now integrated in the ACE Electoral Knowledge Network. By presenting information about electoral systems, electoral management, legislative framework, voter registration, voter education and other related topics in a wide range of countries, users are able to compare, and identify common practice within electoral administration.

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Agora Portal for Parliamentary Developmenttop

AGORA, the Portal for Parliamentary Development (joint UNDP-NDI-IDEA-WBI project), is a one-stop reference centre and hub for knowledge sharing on parliamentary development. This multilateral, global initiative brings together parliamentarians, parliamentary staff, donors, practitioners, as well as academics, civil society and the media.

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BRIDGE Project

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BRIDGE is the most comprehensive professional development course available in election administration. It has been developed by electoral administrators themselves, people with wide experience of elections in many different countries and contexts. It improves the skills, knowledge, and confidence both of election professionals and key stakeholders in the electoral process including members of the media, political parties, and electoral observers.

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ConstitutionNet was established as a joint initiative of International IDEA and Interpeace and is maintained by IDEA with funding from the Government of Norway. It aims to service the knowledge needs of an expanding group of those involved in constitution building.

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iKNOW Politics website

iKNOW Politicstop

The International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics (iKNOW Politics) is the first virtual network linking women in politics throughout the world. Drawing on a database of over 100 experts on women in politics, this innovative global platform was specifically designed to promote gender-sensitive governance and advance the role and number of women in political and public life.

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GEPPAL, Gender and political parties in Latin America

GEPPAL - Gender and political parties in Latin Americatop

This database provides comparative data on women and men in political parties in Latin America, based on a survey of 94 political parties from 18 countries in the region. This is a joint International IDEA and the Inter-American Development Bank initiative.

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Quota Project

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International IDEA, the Stockholm University, and the Inter-Parliamentary Union are producing a comparative knowledge and resources on their implementation and impact of quotas for women.  This website provides information on the various types of quotas in existence today, detailing the percentages and targets in countries where they are applicable. This database is intended as a working research tool.

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