The paper presents a data set based on 620 governments in 26 European
contemporary democracies from the end of World War II
to the present time. The data are organized in synthetic country
data sheets, each of one offering basic information on the composition
of the governments, their duration and the cause for their
termination. Moreover, each data sheet includes the calculation
of a Government Turnover Index (GTI).
, is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Political
and Social Sciences of Trieste University, Italy, and teaches courses in Theory of
Democracy and Public Policy. His research interests are in the fields of democratic
theory, party systems and political institutions, and policy analysis. His
recent publications include: ‘Governments, Policy Space and Party Positions in
the Italian Parliament (1996-2001)’, South European Society & Politics, 12 (2006),
Governments and Parties in Italy. Parliamentary Debates, Investiture Votes and Policy
Positions (1994-2006), Leicester, Troubador Pub. Ltd (2008), L’analisi delle politiche
pubbliche, Rome, Aracne (2009), ‘Measures of Freedom, Democracy and the Freedom
in the World Index’, Quaderni di Scienza Politica, XVII (2010), ‘Government
Alternation and Patterns of Competition in Europe: Comparative Data in Search
of Explanations’, West European Politics, 35 (2012), 3.
Francesco Poropat, is research fellow in the Department of Political and Social
Sciences of Trieste University, Italy, and he is currently working on a research
project on the new processes of democratization. He published The Balkan Democratic
Puzzle. Party System and Political Alignment in Serbia and Montenegro, edizioni
epoké, Novi Ligure (AL) – Italy, 2012.