Research project Party Government in Europe Database (PAGED) is a research infrastructure project that aims to build a state-of-the-art database for comparative coalition research on political institutions, political parties, parliaments and governments.
This infrastructure project builds on three major international and comparative projects on European parliamentary democracy that concern key issues of today s representative democracy namely delegation, accountability, government formation, governance and government dissolution.
This project does not represent a simple update, but means that important elements of representative democracy for the first time can be identified in a systematic and comparative European study.
Existing databases include information about parties, governments, party systems and political institutions of 29 European countries for the period 1945–2010 (www.erdda.se). The data that these projects collected are going to be updated, partially redone (for example, in able to satisfactory be able to study government dissolutions and early elections), and expanded. This will enable new comparative studies of representative democracy, its challenges and possible room for reforms. The update and expansion of these datasets will be made by the project participants, as well as using "country experts", i.e. colleagues around Europe.