The Middle East Political Elites (MEPE) project will build interactive databases and repositories for four key areas:
Will host data on the formation of political parties and their party manifestos (if available). We will do our best to re-create party platforms from primary & secondary sources when manifestos are unavailable. As well, this section of the repository will host private papers & memoirs of Middle East political elites (1850-present). With the click of a button, visitors will be able to access an abundance of data on Mideast political parties by date, policy positioning, and by country, party, and individual. Despite significant overlap, the interactive component of this page would offer users more data on party leaders, apparatchiks, & rank-and-file members than the pages on cabinets (incl. only figures in the cabinet) and parliaments (incl. only elected representatives). One would find here, for instance, information about politicians who ran for election but failed to win a seat.
Will offer a region-wide (25+ states) election map that: spans both democracies and electoral autocracies; allows researchers to interact with these data on electoral outcomes down to the district level, offering visitors the option to toggle results by party ID, party position/ideology, & policy stances.
Will host data from 25+ states (1800-present) on prime-ministerial and presidential cabinet composition (as well as royal courts & makhzen), including individual party/ideological breakdown as well as individual-level biographical data like name, age, geographic origins and residence, party ID (when applicable), income & asset ownership, within-party ideological orientation, reputation, achievements, and documentation on & internal links (when applicable) to available manifestos, memoirs, and private papers. As well as descriptive and downloadable, data will be visual and interactive. Researchers will be able to locate their desired "country" on a map, identify the "year" of interest, and then view a display of the cabinet's composition and individual members' biographical information.
This section will, first, host parliamentary-level data (1800-present), including the composition of the legislature by party ID, ideological orientation, & policy orientation. Second, it will allow researchers to further zoom in & obtain information on each parliament's individual members and parties. And third, it will include records on parliamentary voting, agenda, procedure, and debate/minutes (when available). Where applicable, MEPE will offer links to individual members' and parties' manifestos, memoirs, & private papers.
The ultimate aim of MEPE is to document a complete picture of the region's political processes from party formation to votes to seats to legislation.