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Political Database of the Americas

Georgetown University

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The extensive primary documents, statistical data, and reference materials collected here cover the governmental structures of thirty-five countries in the Western Hemisphere. Though the website is hosted in the U.S., the U.S. receives no more attention than do countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The materials are divided by theme (”Constitutions and Comparative Constitutional Study” “Executive Branch,” “Legislative Branch,” “Judicial Branch,” “Electoral Systems and Election Data,” “Political Parties,” “Decentralization and Local Governance,” “Democracy and Citizen Security,” “Indigenous Peoples,” and “Civil Society”) and then searchable by country within each theme. A keyword search across the site is also available. This structure fosters comparisons—for example, of governmental structure, political party make-up, or election results—across countries. One potential drawback is that though the site text is in English, much of the primary-source material is available only in the language in which it was written.

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