Welcome to the Parliamentary Deployment Votes Database!

the Parliamentary Deployment Votes Database (PDVD) collects and shares data on parliamentary votes on the deployment of armed forces.

Since the end of the Cold War, democracies have been participating in military missions of various kinds, ranging from peacekeeping to war. These deployments have raised questions about their democratic legitimacy and parliamentary control in particular. In many democracies, deployments decisions are the exclusive competence of the government, and parliament is only informed. In a growing number of cases, however, such decisions have been put to a vote in parliament. PDVD documents and analyzes these votes.

PDVD serves a dual purpose: As scholars of political science, we are interested in an analysis of deployment votes. By sharing the data we collected, we hope to stimulate further analyses. As citizens of countries that have participated in military missions, we consider the publication of deployment votes to be a contribution to the democratic control of security and defense policy.

At the moment, in version 1 of the dataset, PDVP documents 183 votes in plenaries for the period between 1991 and August 2016 in France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. This work is based on the contributions of the founding members of the project, Anna Herranz-Surrall├ęs, Juliet Kaarbo, Falk Ostermann, and Wolfgang Wagner.