United Nations Roll Call Data Series

Investigator(s): Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

The United Nations Roll Call series was developed by ICPSR from the official records of the meetings of the main committees of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Data for the most recent sessions were primarily derived from the United States state department records of the United Nations roll calls. ICPSR has in its holdings United Nations Roll Call data for the period 1946-1985. A major purpose of this data series was to provide for the analysis over time of world opinion on issues and concerns raised by members of the international community, while also allowing for the study of the dynamics through which alliances and factions are formed within and between nations of the world. The collection consists of roll calls voted upon in the United Nations. It is a composite of political debates and world opinions of the post-1945 international community. Roll calls for the 30th-40th Plenary Sessions of the United Nations reflect the Singer-Small national number coding scheme described in Melvin Small and J. David Singer, RESORT TO ARMS.