If you have any questions about the PDYi please check our FAQs. If the answers cannot be found here please contact us.
1. What browser do I need to use the PDYi?
PDYi will work on the most recent version of all main desktop browsers including
- Internet Explorer 7 and above
- Google Chrome
- Firefox 3.6 and above
2. Can I use PDYi on a mobile device or tablet?
Yes. You can access the PDYi on leading smart phones or tablets with a screen width of 960 pixels or higher (including iPad, iPhone4 and 5 and similar smartphones).
Using the tool
3. How do I select a new country to look at?
From the home page select a country from the country list.
From the chart page, select your country of interest from the 'Country' drop-down.
4. What data can I view in graph form?
For each country, a drop-down list of data types available is given in the 'category' box. (Please note that new data types will be added during the initial Beta phase.)
You can view the following data (where available):
- Parliamentary election data - How many votes parties received and how many seats they won by actual numbers or percentages, for parliamentary lower houses and, where available, for parliamentary upper houses.
- EU election data - How many votes parties received and how many seats they won in European Parliament elections.
- Presidential election data - Actual vote numbers and percentages for presidential candidates in first and second rounds.
- Voter turnout figures for each type of election - the actual number voter and turnout (voters as a percentage of the overall electorate).
- Ministries data - a full roster of the leaders of all cabinet ministries and other cabinet posts identified by name, political party, gender and age and overall summaries of cabinet composition.
Depending on the nature of the data, charts are available both as stacked bar charts and as line graphs.
5. How do I adjust the selection criteria for to get a chart that shows exactly what I want?
Use the 'parties/candidates' tab to select and deselect parties or candidates by name. Deselected parties/candidates will disappear from the graph until you reselect them. Use the 'adjust' tab to select and deselect other criteria:
- show election results as seats or votes
- select year range
- hide or show parties within a certain range of votes or seats
- hide or show specific ministerial positions
Use the % and # buttons above the chart to toggle between percentage and actual number.
Use the line chart and bar graph buttons above the chart to toggle between these two options (where data permits).
Zoom in by selecting the area that you want to see in greater detail. You can then press the 'Reset zoom' button to zoom out and select other areas of interest.
6. How can I export the whole data set?
You can export the entire dataset for a country by clicking on the 'Export all country data as XLSX' link in the horizontal toolbar at the top. The full datasets are annotated with footnotes (added as 'comments' within the XLSX file) and many country datasets also include additional available information such as referendum results, or local and regional election results.
7. How can I export a partial dataset?
You can export a partial dataset i.e. only the data type you are currently viewing, by clicking on the 'Export this data as CSV' link in the horizontal toolbar at the top.
8. What data does PDYi contain?
The PDYi contains data on parliamentary lower houses and cabinet ministers as well as upper house, EU and presidential election results in countries which hold such elections. The PDYi contains data for all of the EU member states, plus Australia, Canada, Iceland, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and the United States. The data for most cases goes back as far as the early 1990s and is updated annually. (Please note that during the Beta phase not all types of data will be available for all countries.)
9. How can I access supplementary information from the country experts on Wiley Online Library?
The PDYi links directly to annual summaries and analysis of elections, cabinet changes and other political events contained in the Political Data Yearbook country chapters. In order to access the authored summaries on Wiley Online Library you must be a subscriber to European Journal of Political Research and the EJPR Political Data Yearbook with a valid username and password. If your institution does not have access, please encourage your library to obtain a subscription. More information can be found on our subscription information page.
Non-subscribers can also purchase 'pay-per-view' access to individual articles through Wiley Online Library. For more information please see our Pay-Per-View information page
10. Who are the country experts?
The datasets and country chapters of the Political Data Yearbook are created annually by a carefully-chosen group of scholars with in-depth country-level expertise. At a glance information about each of the country experts can be found on the on the PDYi homepage (in the 'Author Spotlight' section.) and at the country pages on the EJPR PDY page on Wiley Online Library. Click on the country name in the list.
11. Which countries are covered by PDYi?
Gradually, we will support the full range of data for the 36 countries detailed in the print version of the PDY:
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- The Netherlands
- United Kingdom
- United States
12. How can I become a contributor?
Please see our contributor page.