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POLS 551 - Comparative Political Institutions

Political Handbook of the World

Information on the major aspects of each country's government and political party system, including: heads of government, heads of state, ambassadors, historical trends, regime changes, constitutional history, and regional and global policy issues of concern.

Database of Political Institutions

Institutional and electoral results data such as measures of checks and balances, tenure and stability of the government, identification of party affiliation and ideology, and fragmentation of opposition and government parties in the legislature, among others.

Political Risk Yearbook

Published annually, every report in the Yearbook is updated each year to include the latest report for each country, as of December of the previous year.

Search the library catalog with ti:political risk yearbook AND [country].

International Country Risk Guide

The ICRG Researchers Dataset Table 3B provides annual averages of the 12 components of ICRG's Political Risk Ratings (Table 3B), as published in the International Country Risk Guide. Average ratings are provided for all countries covered by ICRG from 1984 through the last full calendar year.


A statistics portal that integrates data on over 60,000 topics from over 18,000 sources onto a single professional platform.

World Bank

The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans and grants to the governments of poorer countries for the purpose of pursuing capital projects.

Nexis Uni Country Guide

To conduct research on a country, scroll down to Guided Search and select Country Info. Click on the dropdown menu under Which Country? and select the desired country. Next, select one of the source options from the Choose a Source dropdown menu. You have the option to search Recent News Stories, Country Risk Overviews, Political Risk Overviews, and Economic Overviews.

Corruption Perception Index

The CPI scores and ranks countries/territories based on how corrupt a country’s public sector is perceived to be by experts and business executives.

Rule of Law Index

Relies on more than 130,000 household surveys and 4,000 legal practitioner and expert surveys to measure how the rule of law is experienced and perceived worldwide.

Varieties of Democracy V-Dem

A collaboration among more than 50 scholars worldwide and drawing on 3000 Country Experts, V-Dem provides multiple indices of democracy grouped according to 7 high-level Principles of Democracy: electoral, liberal, participatory, majoritarian, consensual, deliberative, and egalitarian.

The Statesman's Yearbook

Authoritative reference for international affairs. Includes reliable information on all 194 countries in the world plus states and dependencies, covering key historical events, population, government organization and politics, economics, trade, and infrastructure.

Integrated Network for Societal Conflict Research | INSCR

Was established to coordinate and integrate information resources produced and used by the Center for Systemic Peace.

Quality of Government Dataset

Compiles a wide range of freely available data on the causes, consequences, and nature of good governance and Quality of Government (QoG) - that is, trustworthy, reliable, impartial, uncorrupt, and competent government institutions. Click on "Data downloads" on the left. Because it includes so many different variables, you can download different "flavors" of the dataset, including a simplified "basic" dataset as well as social policy and expert survey datasets.

Democratic Electoral Systems Around the World

The dataset covers a wide range of institutional features including regime type, the electoral formula, the average and median district magnitude, the number of constituencies and upper tier seats, and assembly size.