European Political Science

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 211–222 | Cite as

the ideology of heads of government, 1870–2012

  • Thomas Brambor
  • Johannes LindvallEmail author
Research Dataset


This Note introduces the Heads of Government dataset, which provides summary information about the ideological orientation of heads of government (left, center, or right, with separately provided information about religious orientation) in 33 states in Western Europe, the Americas, and the Asia–Pacific region between 1870 and 2012. The Note also describes some intriguing empirical patterns when it comes to over-time changes in the political prominence of left-wing, centrist, and right-wing parties.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Quantitative Methods in the Social SciencesColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Department of Political ScienceLund UniversityLundSweden

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