World Handbook of Political and Social Indicators, 1961-1963 (ICPSR 5022)

Version Date: Feb 16, 1992 View help for published

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Bruce M. Russett; Karl W. (Karl Wolfgang) Deutsch; Hayward R. Alker; Harold Lasswell


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This data collection, the first edition in the World Handbook series, comprises interval-level social, political, economic, and demographic indicators for 141 countries in the period 1961-1963. Information is provided for the size of the country, the number of years independent, total population, population per square kilometer, gross national product (GNP), gross capital formation as a percentage of the GNP, government revenue and expenditure, foreign trade, employment in industry and in agriculture, degree and annual increase of urbanization, and voting characteristics. Other variables provide information on security, public enterprise, military personnel and expenditure on defense, domestic group violence, and votes in national elections for political parties such as the Communist and Socialist parties, religious parties, and noncommunist secular parties as percentage of total votes. Other variables provide information on population characteristics such as the number of births and deaths per 1,000, live births per 1,000, life expectancy at birth, income distribution, percentage of population of working age, Roman Catholics, Christians, and Moslems as a percentage of the population, immigrants and emigrants per 1,000 population, percentage of literate population aged 15 and above, enrollment in primary and secondary schools, index of achievement motivation, marriages per 1,000 population aged 15-44, and inhabitants per physician and per hospital bed. Additional variables provide information on daily newspaper circulation, radios and televisions owned, cinema attendance per 1,000 population, private consumption, and the distribution of agricultural land.

Russett, Bruce M., Deutsch, Karl W. (Karl Wolfgang), Alker, Hayward R., and Lasswell, Harold. World Handbook of Political and Social Indicators, 1961-1963. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-16.

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Benin   Angola   Cambodia   Sudan   Paraguay   Portugal   Syria   North Korea   Greece   Mongolia   Morocco   Iran   Mali   Panama   Guatemala   Guyana   Iraq   Chile   Laos   Nepal   Argentina   Tanzania   Zambia   Ghana   Belize   India   Canada   Turkey   Belgium   Namibia   Taiwan   Finland   South Africa   Trinidad and Tobago   Netherlands Antilles   Central African Republic   Jamaica   Peru   Germany   Yemen   Vietnam (Socialist Republic)   Puerto Rico   United States   Guinea   China (Peoples Republic)   Somalia   Chad   Madagascar   Ivory Coast   Thailand   Libya   Costa Rica   Sweden   Malawi   Poland   Kuwait   Jordan   Nigeria   Bulgaria   Tunisia   Sri Lanka   Uruguay   Kenya   Switzerland   Spain   Lebanon   Cuba   Liberia   Venezuela   Czech Republic   Mauritania   Burkina Faso   Israel   Australia   Soviet Union   Myanmar   Cameroon   Cyprus   Malaysia   Iceland   Global   Gabon   South Korea   Great Britain   Austria   Yugoslavia   Mozambique   El Salvador   Luxembourg   Brazil   Algeria   Colombia   Ecuador   Hungary   Japan   Mauritius   Albania   New Zealand   Senegal   Italy   Honduras   Ethiopia   Haiti   Afghanistan   Burundi   Singapore   Egypt   Sierra Leone   Bolivia   Malta   Saudi Arabia   Netherlands   Pakistan   Ireland   France   Romania   Togo   Niger   Philippines   Nicaragua   Barbados   Norway   Democratic Republic of Congo   Dominican Republic   Denmark   Mexico   Uganda   Zimbabwe   Suriname   Indonesia
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

A total of 141 countries considered significant in comparative or international politics.

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2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Russett, Bruce M., Karl W. (Karl Wolfgang) Deutsch, Hayward R. Alker, and Harold Lasswell. World Handbook of Political and Social Indicators, 1961-1963. ICPSR05022-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1968.

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