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International Organizations, Elections & Governance


This guide serves as a basic research tool for international organizations, elections and global governance. For additional publications consult Pathfinder (the catalog of the UC Berkeley library) and Melvyl (the catalog for all the UC campuses and other research collections in the state).

Article Databases | Elections Monitoring | Global Governance | Statistics


Article Databases

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online). (UCB Access Only), Indexes journals, books, working papers, and conference proceedings from research institutes worldwide related to international affairs.

PAIS International and PAIS Archive. (UC Access Only). Information related to public policy, politics, economics from over 120 countries.

PolicyFile. (UCB Access Only). Public policy documents from thinks tanks, non-governmental organizations, international governmental organizations, and other institutions.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts. (UC Access Only). Indexes books, journals, and dissertations within the field of political science and related to international relations, political economy, public administration, and public policy.

UNBISNet: UN Bibliographic Information System. UN documents indexed by the United Nations Dag Hammarskjd Library in New York and the UN Library in Geneva, full-text from 1993.


International Organizations & Elections Monitoring

European Union Election Assistance & Observation. Includes elections observation missions to many countries.

IDEA (Institute for Democracy & Electoral Assistance). Intergovernmental organization with a mandate to support sustainable democracy worldwide.

Interparliamentary Union.

Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). See in particular the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.

United Nations Electoral Assistance Division. Assists UN Member States in efforts to hold credible and legitimate democratic elections.

United Nations Volunteers Programme. Includes section on elections assistance.


International Organizations & Global Governance

World Bank & Public Sector Governance.

UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (UNPAN). Promotes knowledge-sharing world-wide in public administration.

United Nations Development Programme. Section on democratic governance

UNDP: OSLO Governance Center. UNDP's global thematic facility on democratic governance

United Nations Human Settlements Programe Global Campaign on Urban Governance.

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. UNRISD section on democracy, governance & human rights.


Election Statistics and Public Opinion

District Level Election Data. From Duke University.

Elections and Electoral Systems. Enormous gateway site for elections information by country.

Elections by Country. From Wikipedia.

Elections Resources on the Internet. Links to sites around the world which provide national and local election statistics.

Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST). Joint project of the International Relations and Security Network (ISN) and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Includes voter turnout data.

Gallup Brain. (UCB Access Only). Provides over 60 years of public opinion poll data from the Gallup Organization. It also offers the latest poll analyses, news stories and press releases linked to the surveys.

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). Consortium of 325 institutions acquiring and preserving social science data. Maintained at University of Michigan, ICPSR receives, processes, and distributes data on political and social phenomena in 130 countries. Includes survey data, census records, election returns, economic data, and legislative records.

IDEA Voter Turnout Database. From the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.

International Elections and Election Results. From Northwestern University.

Latin American Election Statistics. From the University of California, San Diego.

Lijphart Elections Archive. From the University of California, San Diego. Collection of district level election results for 350 national legislative elections in 26 countries, maintained through 2003.

Polling the Nations. (UCB Access Only). A compilation of public opinion polls and surveys from more than 6,500 national, state, local and special surveys in the U.S. and over 60 other countries. The surveys date from 1986 and contain information on over 3,000 social, political and economic issues.

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. (UCB Access Only). Contains domestic and international survey data. The Center's Public Opinion Location Library (iPOLL) gives online access to a database including poll questions asked in US from 1936 to present.