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Transnational Social Movement Organization Dataset, 1953-2003 (ICPSR 33863)

Principal Investigator(s): Smith, Jackie, University of Pittsburgh; Wiest, Dawn, University of Pittsburgh


The protests against the World Trade Organization in Seattle and subsequent resistance to global trade and investment liberalization highlight the growing centralization of economic and political power in entities that transcend nation-states. These protests also challenge traditional approaches to the study of social movements, which portray movements as bounded by national or sub-national political arenas. Globalization leaves few areas of social life untouched, and sociologists are paying closer attention to how it affects our understanding of social and political processes. While globalization is not new, its relatively recent acceleration and expansion to new social domains calls for greater sociological attention. The Transnational Social Movement Organization Dataset, 1953-2003 builds upon existing sociological research and brings new data to the investigation of relationships between globalization, social movements, and political change. This project aims to enhance understanding of the organizational foundations for transnational activism, namely the population of transnational social movement organizations (TSMOs). This study contains 301 variables. The variables were either taken directly from the Yearbook of International Organizations, or created from information in the Yearbook.

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Study Description


Smith, Jackie, and Dawn Wiest. Transnational Social Movement Organization Dataset, 1953-2003. ICPSR33863-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-07-16. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR33863.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR33863.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (#SES 03-24735)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    activism, democracy, environmental movements, globalization, human rights, international organizations, peace, politicial movements, social movements, womens rights

Smallest Geographic Unit:    city

Geographic Coverage:    Global

Time Period:   

  • 1953--2003

Date of Collection:   

  • 2003--2005

Unit of Observation:    Organization

Universe:    Organizational population, drawn from the annual census of international organizations listed in the Union of International Associations, Yearbook of International Organizations.

Data Type(s):    census/enumeration data

Data Collection Notes:

This data collection contains characters with diacritical marks.

Special collaborators for the Transnational Social Movement Organization Dataset, 1953-2003 include Project Manager Dawn Wiest.


Study Design:    This project contains data from alternate years between 1953-2003 for which data were available in English. Please see the "Original P.I. Methodology" section of the ICPSR codebook for details.

Sample:    Please see the "Original P.I. Methodology" section of the ICPSR codebook for details.

Description of Variables:    Variables are either taken directly from the Yearbook of International Organizations, or created from information contained in the Yearbook. Variables range from information on organization name, headquarters, budget, country, status, goals, membership, and additional organization information.

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:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2012-07-16

Version History:

  • 2012-07-26 Additional PI has been added.

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