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

Published: Feb 16, 1992

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


Version V1

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 Iran Morocco 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 Venezuela Liberia 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 Denmark Dominican Republic Uganda Mexico Zimbabwe Suriname Indonesia
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

1961 -- 1963

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

United Nations agencies, official publications of national governments, special studies, scholarly monographs and publications, and nongovernmental research organizations publications

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