This data handbook and the CD-ROM contain the systematic and standardized collection of general elections results at the level of single constituencies for 18 Western European countries since the 19th century, accompanied by thorough documentation.
The handbook is divided into 3 parts. Part I provides a comparative description of the mechanics of electoral laws, the institutional development of elections and the territorial structure of the vote. Part II provides information by country: dates and types of elections, the evolution of party systems, the connectivity to of constituency level results to official statistics, and results tables. Part III provides additional information for the most profitable use of the data, such as the evolution of election statistics, etc.
The book is part of the historical data handbook series 'The Societies of Europe', edited by members of the MZES.
Daniele Caramani gratuated from the University of Geneva and received his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence in 1997. He worked from 1996 to 1999 at the EURODATA Research Archive of the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES). He is currently Professor at the Faculties of Political Science of Florence and Urbino.