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International IDEA is an intergovernmental organisation seeking to strengthen democratic processes and institutions worldwide.

IDEA’s work strengthens the processes for citizens, nongovernmental organizations and governments to debate the essential elements of democracy.


The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) functions as an intergovernmental organisation to support sustainable democracy. Offering an extensive series of knowledge resources in the form of expert networks, policy proposals and organisational assistance with democratic reform, International IDEA seeks to strengthen global political processes. Based in Stockholm, Sweden, International IDEA has offices in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Governed by a Council comprising Member States and assisted by a Board of eminent officials, International IDEA has been granted observer status at the United Nations. International IDEA’s areas of expertise lie specifically in constitution-building and electoral processes, assessing political parties, and supporting thorough examinations of democracy and gender.

As part of the knowledge resources it generates, each year International IDEA publishes a substantial range of new titles in the areas of democracy assessment, conflict management, electoral processes, political parties, constitutional-building processes and gender. IDEA’s research seeks to promote accountability, efficiency and transparency for democratic processes and institutions, and to inform the debate surrounding political participation and capacity building. These publications are found at, where titles are able to be browsed by topic, region, and language, then downloaded to disk. Databases containing information on the workings of democracy are able to be accessed through the site and include Voter Turnout, the ACE Electoral Knowledge Network, the Reconciliation Resource Network, and Quotas for Women.

License Usage

In 2007, International IDEA allowed the application of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence to selected titles within its publications. IDEA’s CC-licensed works are listed at, in alphabetical order. As of 20 December 2007, there are 104 International IDEA titles licensed under CC. Guidelines on how to use the CC-licensed documents are available here.


International IDEA’s move to license its publications under Creative Commons in 2007 was seen to ensure increased access to the organisation’s research, thereby promoting the aims of collaboration, reconciliation, and inclusive democracy. As with all CC licences, the copyright of the author is asserted in each instance, and sits alongside an indication of the uses for which no permission needs to be secured, provided that the licence’s conditions are followed.