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

Principal Investigator(s): Russett, Bruce M.; Deutsch, Karl W. (Karl Wolfgang); Alker, Hayward R.; Lasswell, Harold


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.

Series: World Handbook of Political and Social Indicators Series

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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. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR05022.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR05022.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    agricultural production, education, health care, political ideologies, political parties, political violence, population dynamics, religious denominations, urbanization

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

Time Period:   

  • 1961--1963

Data Type(s):    aggregate data


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

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:

  • Performed consistency checks.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-10

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