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Political Systems Performance Data: France, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, 1850-1965 (ICPSR 35)

Principal Investigator(s): Peters, B. Guy


For this study of political systems performance, time-series data were compiled for France, Sweden, and the United Kingdom on a quinquennial basis for the period 1850-1965. Information is provided for each country on population characteristics, such as the number of total population, the number of total population aged 0 to 4, 0 to 14, and 65 and older, births per 1,000 population, life expectancy, deaths per 1,000 population, infant deaths per 1,000 live births, the number of pupils enrolled in elementary and secondary schools, the number of students enrolled in colleges and universities, the number of teachers in secondary schools, and the number of civil servants, doctors, midwives, and hospital beds. Economic variables provide information on the Gross National Product (GNP), price index, number of patents issued, energy consumption, maximum income tax rate, government revenue from income tax, amount of public debt in millions, total public expenditures on defense, education, pension, welfare, health, veterans' benefits, and labor, labor union membership, the number of total work force employed in agriculture, the amount of agricultural production, the percentage of working-age population unemployed, the number of people on welfare, and the number of people receiving public pensions. Additional variables provide information on the voting population, the population voting for left-wing parties, population residing in cities over 20,000 in size, and population residing in the three largest cities. Three political indexes, the Cutright Index of Political Development, the Flanigan-Fogelman Index of Democratization, and an index indicating the ideology of the regime for each year, are also provided for the purpose of crossnational comparisons.

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Study Description


Peters, B. Guy. POLITICAL SYSTEMS PERFORMANCE DATA: FRANCE, SWEDEN, AND THE UNITED KINGDOM, 1850-1965. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1998. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR00035.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR00035.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    agricultural production, education, energy consumption, government expenditures, government revenues, Gross National Product, income tax, infant mortality, labor force, life expectancy, national debt, nineteenth century, political ideologies, political systems, population characteristics, unemployment, urban areas, voter attitudes

Geographic Coverage:    France, Sweden, United Kingdom, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1850--1965

Data Type(s):    aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) See also the related data collection, POLITICAL SYSTEMS PERFORMANCE DATA: SWEDEN, 1865-1967 [ICPSR 00036]. (2) The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


Data Source:

published documents

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:   1984-05-03

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