PATH: Janda's Favorite URLs > Resources on Comparative and International Politics

Updated September 7, 2011

Cross-National Analysis and Studies
Most Recent edition of the CIA World Factbook
"The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entitie."
Earlier Editions of the CIA World Factbook
28 YEARS OF WORLD FACT UPDATES plus historical data for over 350 countries and regions
Columbia International Affairs Online
"Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is the most comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs"
World Rulers: Heads of State and Prime Ministers
"On this pages you will find all Heads of State and Chiefs of Government of the countries of the world"
International Resources from the Library of Congress
"With approximately two-thirds of the books and periodicals in its collections in languages other than English, the Library of Congress is truly an international resource. It houses information on virtually every country, region, national, ethnic, and religious group, often equal to or surpassing collections found elsewhere"
Galileo Resources: Foreign Governments and International Organizations
Democracy Online Newsletter
National Endowment for Democracy
Country Index to Constitutional Documents
Constitution Finder
Constitutional Courts
IEA Civic Eduation Study
Democratization--Cal Irvine Project
Irvine Center for Study of Democracy
U.S. State Department Releases on Human Rights, Religious Freedom, etc.
Yahoo! - Government
International Marketing Resources
"Knowing the culture of the people to whom you are trying to market is important not only because such knowledge indicates a certain level of respect, but because a failure to do so can lead to some embarrassing and, in terms of money and reputation, damaging results. Here are some examples of the consequences of inadequate research before an attempt at international marketing."
Comparative Conflict

INCORE: Global Center for Study of Conflict
National Defense Council Foundation: World Conflict List
CDI's Terrorism Project
Terrorism: Q & A

Comparative Social and Economic Studies and Data

World Income Inequality Database
Gene Shackman's Social, Economic, and Political Change
Digital South Asia Data 
Digital Divide: Internet, Civic Engagement, and Poverty
Nationmaster: Comparing Nations
Human Development Reports

World Development Report 2000/2001
Fortune's List of the World's 500 Largest Corporations
Mansfield University International Data Resources
The Global Review of Ethnopolitics
Freedom Information
Human Rights Watch 2002

Global Policies
World Policies: A Report of Global Issues
International OECD Regulation Database
Global Policy Forum
World Movement for Democracy
Comparative Political Parties
Wikipedia List of:Political:Parties
Wikipedia offers a very comprehensive list of political parties across the world.
Janda's Party Systems and Country Governance
This is my own list of major parties in 212 countries of the world. to get the list, print the PDF noted at the end of the page.
Governments on the WWW: Political Parties
"Comprehensive database of governmental institutions on the World Wide Web: parliaments, ministries, offices, law courts, embassies, city councils, public broadcasting corporations, central banks, multi-governmental institutions etc. Includes also political parties."
History of Communism
Communism today is passé, so we no longer talk about it. Go here if you want some history.
Politics within Nations
Lithuanian Politics
New Zealand Election Study
Earth Resource System: Information about nations
British House of Commons
Slovakia: Election of President 1999
Country Reports
Library of Congress Country Reports
Aneki Country Reports
Federal Research Division, Country Studies
Russian Elections
Russian Information System
How RussiaVotes
Transitions Online: The ultimate source on Central and Eastern Europe and NIS
Country Rankings and Statistics
Polity Country Reports
Elections and Electoral Systems
International Foundation of Election Systems
"It provides content on: National elections around the world; Subnational elections of high interest; Political parties and candidates; Referenda provisions; News on election-related laws and political developments around the world; Political institutions and electoral systems; and Election results and voter turnout." 
The Comparative Study of Electoral Systems
"CSES is a collaborative program of research among election study teams from around the world. Participating countries include a common module of survey questions in their post-election studies. 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." This site is for serious users.
Election Resources on the Internet
"Welcome to the Election Resources on the Internet website. In this space you will find links to Internet sites around the world which provide complete and detailed national and local election statistics, as well as other election resources. If you know of a site that meets such criteria and you do not see it listed here, please send me a message."
Adam Carr's Election Archive
"The largest, most comprehensive and most up-to-date archive of electoral information in the world, with election statistics from 182 countries" A great source.
IDEA: Voter Turnout Data Hub
"The International IDEA Voter Turnout Website contains the most comprehensive global collection of voter turnout statistics available. Regularly updated voter turnout figures for national presidential and parliamentary elections since 1945, as well as European Parliament elections, are presented country by country using both the number of registered voters and voting age population (VAP) as indicators"