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World Handbook of Political and Social Indicators III: 1948-1982 (ICPSR 7761)

Principal Investigator(s): Taylor, Charles Lewis; Jodice, David A.


This third edition of the World Handbook of Political and Social Indicators is composed of four files, one aggregate data file (Part 1), and three events data files including a daily events political data file (Part 2), an annual political events data file (Part 3), and a new quarterly political events data file (Part 4). The aggregate data file (Part 1) is based upon data from the base years of 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, and 1975. It contains political, economic, and social data and rates of change for 155 countries. Data are provided for central government current revenue and expenditure, gross national product and growth rates, imports, exports, and trade as a percentage of the gross national product, total military expenditure and manpower, public education, public health expenditure, energy consumption, coal, natural gas, and petroleum reserves and production, GINI measures of inequity, income inequity, sectorial inequity, coefficient of land inequality, political and civil rights indices, political and economic discrimination, the percentage of those discriminated against and its intensity, the proportion and intensity of separatism, voting behavior, the number of registered voters and voter turnout as a percentage of the adult population, the first five largest political parties, total legislative seats, total adult and working age population, population density, percentage of population in cities, agricultural density, health and nutrition measures, consumption measures, literacy, and school enrollment. Data are also provided for the percentage of the labor force in agriculture, industry, and the services, organized labor, industrial disputes and the number of working days lost, the life expectancy for males and females, infant mortality rates, and estimated birth rates and death rates, as well as the number of scientific authors, physicians per million population, total piped water, and newspapers, radios, television sets, and telephones per 1000 population. There are three files of events data in this collection. The first file records daily political events, the second aggregates these events to an annual file, and the third aggregates the same events into a quarterly file. The Daily Event Data file (Part 2) contains a variety of governmental change and political protest events for 139 countries. It records 38 kinds of domestic events including demonstrations, riots, strikes, assassinations, elections, referenda, and imposition of political restrictions, including censorship. Some of the 38 event types were only distinguished for the events occurring in particular periods. For example, the categories of bombing, ambush, raid, arrest, release of the arrested, imposition of martial law or curfew, and relaxation of martial law or curfew were added in 1978. The Annual Events Data file consists of summations of the occurrences of each type of event within each country on a year-to-year basis from 1948 to 1977. The annual totals are given for the same countries as in the daily file, with the exception of three countries. The Quarterly Event Data file consists of summations of the occurrences of each type of event within each country on a quarter-to-quarter basis. The 38 types of events coded in the quarterly events file have also been collapsed to 17 broader categories to maintain comparability with earlier editions of the handbook.

Series: World Handbook of Political and Social Indicators Series

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DS1:  Aggregate Data, 1948-1977 - Download All Files (1.296 MB)
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DS2:  Daily Event Data, 1948-1982 - Download All Files (6.421 MB)
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DS3:  Annual Event Data, 1948-1982 - Download All Files (0.718 MB)
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DS4:  Quarterly Event Data, 1948-1982 - Download All Files (2.639 MB)
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Study Description


Taylor, Charles Lewis, and David A. Jodice. World Handbook of Political and Social Indicators III: 1948-1982. ICPSR07761-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1986. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07761.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07761.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    agricultural production, civil rights, demographic characteristics, economic indicators, education, energy production, government expenditures, Gross National Product, health care, income distribution, internal political conflict, labor force, modernization, nations, political change, political participation, political systems, population characteristics, population dynamics, post-World War II period, social indicators, social inequality, trade, voting behavior, world politics

Geographic Coverage:    Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Global, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Soviet Union, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam (Socialist Republic), Yemen, Yugoslavia, Zaire, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Time Period:   

  • 1948--1977

Universe:    A total of 156 countries with a million or more population or which were members of the United Nations in mid-1975.

Data Type(s):    event/transaction data

Data Collection Notes:

The series on foreign interventions included in World Handbook II are not included in this edition of the Handbook.

These data were originally processed by the Zentralarchiv Fur Empirische und Sozialforschung at the University of Cologne, to archival standards. The three events data files, updated to include data from 1978-1982, were processed by ICPSR. ICPSR has done no additional processing of the aggregate data file.


Data Source:

United Nations agencies, official publications of national governments, special studies, scholarly monographs and publications, and nongovernmental research organizations publications

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-07-02

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