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World Handbook of Political and Social Indicators I and A Cross-Polity Survey: Merged Data, 1961-1963 (ICPSR 5023)

Principal Investigator(s): Russett, Bruce; Banks, Arthur S.; Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research


This merged data collection contains political, social, economic and demographic information for 141 selected countries in the period 1961-1963 and is also designed as a research and reference aid in the field of comparative politics. Information is provided for population size and growth rate, country size, date of independence, former colonial ruler, level of urbanization, political modernization, governmental stability, per capita gross national product (GNP), foreign trade as a percentage of the GNP, government revenues and expenditures, political leadership, character of the bureaucracy, legislature, the legal system, status of economic development, international financial status, westernization, literacy rate, degree of freedom of the press, religious configuration, and racial, religious, and linguistic homogeneity. Data are also provided for government employment, military personnel, defense expenditure, current electoral system, percentage of votes in national elections for the Communist party, religious parties, and the secular parties, regime's ideological orientation, domestic group violence, sectionalism, percentage of speakers of dominant language, private consumption, agricultural and industrial labor, index of achievement motivation, and inhabitants per doctor and hospital bed. Data on population characteristics provide information on live births and deaths per 1,000 population, population annual rate increase, percentage of students in primary and secondary education, marriages per 1,000 population, immigrants and emigrants per 1,000 population, income distribution, and Roman Catholics, Christians, and Moslems as percentage of the population. Additional variables provide information on daily newspaper circulation, radios and television ownership per 1,000 population, and cinema attendance.

Series: World Handbook of Political and Social Indicators Series

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Russett, Bruce, Arthur S. Banks, and Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. World Handbook of Political and Social Indicators I and A Cross-Polity Survey: Merged Data, 1961-1963. ICPSR05023-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1968. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR05023.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR05023.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, Rwanda, 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

Universe:    A total of 141 independent countries.

Data Type(s):    aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

The data from this study's two collections were merged on country codes. As the polities included in the Cross-Polity Survey are a subset of those included in the Handbook, missing data codes have been assigned to countries with no Cross-Polity information.


Sample:    The world's independent polities as of April 1, 1963.

Data Source:

The United Nations and its various agencies, official publications of national governments, special studies, and numerous monographs and other works from scholars and nongovernmental research organizations


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-10

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