Publications

Each year International IDEA publishes a comprehensive range of new titles, including Handbooks, Country and Regional Reports, Overviews, Policy Papers, Discussion Papers and Policy Briefs.

Our publications are available in PDF format and can be downloaded from our website free of charge. You will need to have Acrobat Reader installed in order to read these files. Printed copies can also be ordered for a small fee.

In order to ensure increased access to our publications, we have introduced a Creative Commons (CC) licence for selected titles. The CC licence asserts International IDEA's copyright and indicates uses for which no permission needs to be secured, provided that the licence's conditions are followed.

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Feature Publication

Democratic Transitions: Conversations with World Leaders, a unique exploration of how countries become democracies, is an initiative of International IDEA.

The book presents personal reflections, both on ending authoritarian rule and on building democracy, by former presidents on five continents who have played key roles in such transformations over the past 30 years. The comments, offered in individual face-to-face interviews, together comprise the first volume in any language that focuses on learning lessons from political leaders about promoting and managing democratic transitions.

The book was co-edited by Sergio Bitar and Abraham F. Lowenthal and contains a preface by International IDEA's Secretary-General, Yves Leterme, in which he states, “What neither we nor others have thus far contributed is first-hand testimony from top political leaders about how transitions toward democracy have been achieved in different continents. This exciting publication fills that critical gap.”

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New releases

Protecting Politics: Deterring the Influence of Organized Crime on Elections

Protecting Politics:
Deterring the Influence of Organized Crime on Elections

This report analyses the conditions and opportunities for criminal interference in the electoral process (above all by organized crime). 

Protecting Politics: Deterring the Influence of Organized Crime on Political Parties

Protecting Politics:
Deterring the Influence of Organized Crime on Political Parties

This report provides insights into how multiparty democracy has occasionally shaped and extended the linkages between political parties, politically exposed persons and criminal activity.

Electoral System Design: The New International IDEA Handbook (Bahasa Indonesia)

Electoral System Design:
The New International IDEA Handbook (Bahasa Indonesia)

This handbook provides a comprehensive overview of the electoral systems in use in more than 200 countries and includes 18 case studies.

A Framework for Developing Gender Policies for Political Parties

A Framework for Developing Gender Policies for Political Parties

Outlines key considerations for developing a party’s gender policy.

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