The glossaries contain explications about words and expressions used within the texts and data concerning the various types of institutions for collective action. First, the glossaries provide you with explications (and translations) of words that are only familiarly known within a more or less specified region. Second, the glossaries provide you with a more precise definition of how words and expressions that lend themselves to more than one explication or definition are to be understood.


You can search the glossary by type of institution per country. In some cases, the matrix below also provides a glossary on all countries for some types of institutions. A PDF-format of the glossary can be downloaded from the webpage of the glossary concerned. For viewing and/or downloading PDF-files you will need Acrobat Reader®. If you don't have Acrobat Reader® yet, you can download this program here.

Overview of available glossaries


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