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The International Comparative Political Parties Project was founded at Northwestern University by Kenneth Janda under a 1966 grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation.
The buttons on this page link to three major phases of the ICPP Project as it has developed over the past four decades.



The major publication of the ICPP Project was Kenneth Janda, Political Parties: A Cross-National Survey (New York: The Free press, 1980). It provided information on 158 political parties operating from 1950 to 1962 in 53 countries representing all world regions, political cultures, and types of party systems. The book also traced the parties' histories through 1978. Long out of print, Political Parties now exists in its entirety at this web location--thanks to funds from the Provost's Office at Northwestern for the ICPP 2000 Initiative (see below)

Building on concepts and data from the original ICPP Project, Robert Harmel at Texas A&M University and Kenneth Janda at Northwestern undertook a longitudinal assessment of "Environment, Performance, and Leadership in Party Change." Supported by a 1991 grant from the National Science Foundation, this study covered 19 parties in four countries: the U.S., U.K, Germany, and Denmark. Each party was coded on scores of variables dealing with the party's issue positions and organizational characteristics for each year from 1950 to 1990.
With funds from Northwestern University to promote involvement of undergraduate students in faculty research, nine undergraduates participated in the 2000 Summer Camp for Political Party Research. Their work laid the basis for the ICPP 2000 Initiative, which seeks to update the data on the existing parties in the project through contributions from scholars across the world via the Internet.