Welcome to Votester
Votester is a software tool that assesses voting patterns in the UN General Assembly (UNGA) from 1946 to the present.
Votester allows users to:
- Analyze the composition and cohesion of voting blocs and political alliances
- Reveal changes in diplomatic relationships among UN member states
Votester uses a database of votes, calculates voting correlation, and displays the results in map, table, or chart form.
Users are cautioned against extrapolating broad conclusions about bilateral relationships based on UN voting data. The vast majority of resolutions in every UN body are approved by consensus. The Votester database only includes data on resolutions that came to a vote, and overall voting correlation between countries is highly dependent on the types of resolution that come to a vote. In UNGA, for example, Palestinian-Israeli issues account for more than a quarter of resolutions that come to a vote, skewing the results for countries that opposed these resolutions.
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