Discover the Wealth & Health of Nations

Hans Rosling, a pioneer in Data visualisation, has died. An opportunity to highlight once again his outstanding contribution in the field of data visualisation, the project Gapminder World in particular:


Hate the electoral system in the U.S.?

The choice of the electoral system is never innocent. In fact, it shapes strongly the electoral outcome, as an article recently published by the Washington Post shows. As a political scientist, I regret that the authors ignore effects as for example the choice of the electoral system on the voter turnout, which may affect the result as well. Nevertheless, it remains a highly interesting simulation, illustrated with very strong maps.

Here’s who could have been President of the United States under other setups – a great contribution from the Washington Post you should not miss.


Die entscheidende Stimme für Wurstkäufe in der Nacht

Claude Longchamp hat im Vorfeld der Abstimmung über Würste und Cervelats eine spannende Analyse über entscheidende Wählersegmente geschrieben. Stark polarisierende Vorlagen mobilisieren mehr ungebundene Wähler – was bei Arbeitsgesetzrevisionen entscheidend sein kann. Lesenswert.

Zum Artikel | … und zum politischen Senf dazu

June 26, 2009: be there!

On June 26, 2009, we – a group of former and actual collaborators of Hanspeter Kriesi – organize a symposium to promote a prolific exchange amongst distinguished scholars on past achievements and future perspectives in selected areas of research, such as elections and cleavage structures, social movements, comparative political economy, decision-making structures and Swiss politics. Contributors will present topical research from their field of specialization and will discuss their personal approach to meeting the upcoming challenges.

We look forward to contributions by Stefano Bartolini, Giuliano Bonoli, Liesbet Hooghe, Evelyne Huber, Herbert Kitschelt, Ruud Koopmans, Gary Marks, Philippe C. Schmitter, Marco Steenbergen, Jürg Steiner, John D. Stephens, Sidney Tarrow and many guests.

Get more information on the site of the IPZ.

Afrobarometer II

Afrobarometer data doesn’t cover the whole continent yet, but the collection increases rapidly. But as different research institutes work on that project, you need to run around for obtaining recent updates. Here’s an example: if you’re looking for not aggregated data on Cape Verde which was included in the second round, you’ll find the data actually on the project site of ICPSR at Michigan University.

Demand side in Africa

While there’s a wide range of data available on political attitudes and values in Europe and northern America, very few can be found on african countries. But nevertheless, data exists, for example the Afrobarometer. The Afrobarometer data collection is public,  you just need to fill in a little questionnaire if you like to get access. Check the following link: