Who doesn’t want to see how political parties compare across the world? So, I thought, let’s try to match that demand by presenting some political charts. Don’t expect scientific material, as I’m just guesstimating from my own experience and knowledge. I welcome comments and I am willing to accept suggestions on how to improve them.
Here’s how it’ll work: I am following the simple two-axis model from “Political Compass“, which is very similar to other two-axis models like the Nolan Chart or the Pournelle Chart. The horizontal axis represents economic policies and the vertical axis social policies, e.g. LBGT, religion, or how to fight terrorism. I understand that these charts are far from perfect. All I’m trying is giving you an idea on how I perceive differences in politics across different countries, which is IMHO also a very interesting guide to cultural differences.
Making the charts I recognized one big problem: how to visualize both size and diversity of the voter base. I stick to the following solution: The more diverse a party’s voter base is, the larger is the diameter of its circle. The transparency of the color of the circle represents the strength of a party. The thicker the color, the more voter it has. I know that this may be confusing, but I prefer emphasizing the diversity over showing the strength of a party.
So, let’s start…