Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Gambia elections - get some facts from our recommended resources.

Presidential elections were held in the Gambia on 1 December 2016 In a surprise result, opposition candidate Adama Barrow defeated long-term incumbent Yahya Jammeh. However there have been subsequenyt controversies with the aceptance of the results.

Here are some good websites for finding out more.
Africa Research institute has a basic background briefing
IFES has data from previous elections and some background information on the electoral system
The Independent Electoral Commission of Gambia has the official results

The website also has information about 2016 regulations plus election songs

Newspaper coverage.
 Al Jazeera has interviews with Mr Barrow
Local news coverage from Jollofnews
The Point 

Statements from Observers
West Africa Network for Peacebuilding has news and statements from observers from the region.

Ecowas UN and African Union statement regarding the political situation 10th December.
this replaces an earlier more positive statement made by the African Union on 5th December 2016

IHRDA’s Statement on the Annulment of Results of The Gambia’s Presidential Election by Out-going President on 9 December 2016

European Union statements.

UN briefing 14th December.
Earlier UN press releases

Background information on human rights and the state of democracy in the Gambia
Human Rights watch
Amnesty International
Foreign Affairs.
US Dept of State


Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Donald Trump presidential election - transition resources

After the victory of trump in the presidential elections here are some useful resources on presidential transition which are free online.

Also useful the Newsmuseum front page archives which is creating a web archive of worldwide newspaper front page images for election day

The President Elect has created an official website Make America Great Again where his team are releasing news announcements and plans.
These include details of the transition process.

US Government Accountability Office resources
it includes policy recommendations

Presidential Transition Guide to Federal Human Resources
Management Matters from the Ofifce of Personnel Management

White House update on digital resources transition.

Presidential Transition Directory
Sponsored by GSA it is intended for employees but also has a good overview of the process-this outlines the major 2016 transition activities and governance structure in order to provide a quick guide of timescales and responsibilities. There are detailed sections on records management during the transition.

GSA’s Presidential Transition Platform
GSA plays a big role in assisting each transitioning administration.Its website has  laws and regulations alos  the Plum Book, a compilation of the federal civil service position that may be subject to noncompetitive appointment.

The White House Transition Project is a nonpartisan endeavor by presidency scholars providing information on presidential transitions and White House operations to incoming White House staff and administration appointees it includes essays and reports

Senior Executives Association Presidential Transition Resources
aims to  provide advice and support to career executives it includes a  Handbook of Presidential Transition for Federal Career Executives,

National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) Transition 2016 Initiative

ACT-IAC Presidential transition - advises on use of technology

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

American Presidential elections - access historical data with our links

Official vote counts for federal elections since 1920 from the official sources compiled by the Office of the Clerk.

National Archives: Historical Election Results
The Office of the Federal Register at the National Archives coordinates the functions of the Electoral College on behalf of the Archivist of the United States, the States, and the Congress. This site contains the electoral votes and popular votes from 1789 to the present.

American Presidency Project
This online archive from the University of California at Santa Barbara includes many sources on the American presidency-- The tab on "Elections" includes voting data as well as speeches and lots more!

David Leips Atlas of presidential elections has predictions and maps on open access from all 50 states. From early 20th century. the raw data in excel is for purchase only.

ANES: American National Election Studies

Stanford University and the University of Michigan, producing data on voting, public opinion, and political participation. some are available for public download there is also a trends page from 1948-2012

Subscription Services.

If you have access to ICPSR. These are available to you! LSE Log in

Electoral Data for Counties in the United States: Presidential and Congressional Races, 1840-1972

County-level returns for elections to the United States presidency and to the United States House of Representatives for the years 1840 to 1972.

 State-Level Presidential Election Data for the United States, 1824-1972

American Voting Behavior: Presidential Elections from 1952-1980

United States Presidential Election Campaign Media Analysis, 1996 

Rope Center has opinion polls .LSE login

Social Explorer. (LSE Login) has election data maps.See this explanation of what is available

they include presidential elections from 1912 to today, gubernatorial elections (including off-year elections) from 1990 to today, and congressional elections from 2000 to today

see also the recent New York Times feature on election maps.


Political comunications in 2016 - try our free resources

Looking for information on the media campaigns during the 2016 elections. Get started with these free resources.


New York Times Election 2016 Page
Keep up to date with the New York Times articles on the ad campaigns

Washington Post Politics Page   

NPR Elections Page

Annenberg has lists of newspaper endorsements.

Campaign Ads

C-Span Campaign 2016
Video library of 2016 election coverage

Campaign 2016 Republican Presidential Primary Ads

From the Political Communication Lab at Stanford University.

Campaign 2016 Democratic Presidential Primary Ads
From the Political Communication Lab at Stanford University.

Living Room Candidate compare ads from 1952-2016

Political Ad Sleuth

Supported by the Sunlight Foundation. Use this site to get the latest information on political ads purchased at television stations around the country. Provides links to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) documents to view when advertisements are scheduled to appear. Includes crowdsources information.

Key research reports

Pew Research Centre research People and the Press on public opinion and media coverage during the elections has many recent reports. See this example on Internet usage

Presidential gender watch from Center for American Women and Politics.

MIT media lab has visualisations of  social media and other things in the campaign

US Presidential elections - today- Get started with these resources

Today Americans are voting in the USA presidential elections.

Get started with finding out the news and facts with these great free resources!

What is the US Electoral College? find out with the NARA website

which also has a leaflet with the constitutional provisions governing 2016 and links to voter information.

and make your own prediction for 2016!

Get the facts from FactCheck- a consumer site supported by Annenberg Public Policy Center University of Pennsylvania which checks the information and stories. Find out which candidates have made misleading claims!

Alternatively try Vote smart to get facts on candidates and funding.

Get the latest polls and analysis from Real Clear politics.It includes links to Google trends data

Brandwatch reaction social media.

American Presidency Project University of California has information on 2016 newspaper endorsements.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Hungary referendum - useful academic resources

A referendum related to the European Union's migrant resettlement plans was held on 2 October 2016. it was commonly referred to as the kvótanépszavazás or kvótareferendum (quota referendum) in the Hungarian media. While an overwhelming majority of voters rejected the EU's migrant quotas, turnout was too low to make the poll valid.

Here are some useful sites for beginning research

The Hungarian National Election office has the results (in English) . It includes nationwide and regional data.
Most news services are offered in Hungarian only. However,
Magyarhirlap newspaper has an English language section where you can look at recent articles.

For background information on Hungarian migration policy.
try these respources: 

About Hungary gives the Hungarian viewpoint for an English speaking audience it includes press releases and background information relating to the recent referendum
The EU immigration portal has links to the key Hungarian government policies and legislation on immigration
IOM has background information and data  on policy and the current trends in Hungary
European Migration Network has data from Department of European Cooperation in the Ministry of Interior. It also has research studies on the impact of specific policies on labour/ integration in different countries


compares a number of indicators in different countries giving some insight into experiences of immigrants there

Hungarian Demographic Research Institute has some papers on population trends and immigration.
Migration to the Centre focuses upon the impact of the EU policies of migration and integration in Central European Countries

The European website on integration from the European Commission has details of policy plus links to Hungarian language legislation, policy assessments and papers covering migrants and immigration..