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Conflict and Society (ICPSR 7452)

Principal Investigator(s): Gurr, Ted Robert; Giles, Robin


This data collection contains the principal indicators of independent variables developed by Ted Robert Gurr for use in testing models of the causes of civil violence. Information was gathered on 86 countries or polities worldwide and indices were constructed to meet the theoretical requirements of the investigators' research on instances of internal conflict as captured in CIVIL STRIFE EVENTS, 1955-1970 (ICPSR 7531). General categories of independent variables included in the present study are basic social properties, social processes, economic processes, social rigidities, coercive interventions, regime coercion, conflict traditions, regime characteristics, and dissident group characteristics. Aggregate measures of the dependent variables (internal conflicts) are provided in CIVIL STRIFE CONFLICT MAGNITUDES, 1955-1970 (ICPSR 7485).

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Gurr, Ted Robert, and Robin Giles. Conflict and Society. ICPSR07452-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07452.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07452.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    civil rights, discrimination, dissent, economic conditions, economic indicators, government performance, national politics, political opposition, political systems, population dynamics, social change, social conflict, social control, social inequality, social problems, social protest

Geographic Coverage:    Global

Time Period:   

  • 1850--1970

Date of Collection:   

  • 1965--1975

Universe:    Eighty-six polities worldwide.

Data Type(s):    aggregate data


Data Source:

(1) EUROPA YEARBOOK, (2) Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. PRODUCTION YEARBOOK, (3) STATEMAN'S YEARBOOK, (4) United Nations. DEMOGRAPHIC YEARBOOK, (5) United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. STATISTICAL YEARBOOK, (6) United Nations. STATISTICAL YEARBOOK, (7) United Nations. YEARBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE STATISTICS, (8) United Nations. YEARBOOK OF NATIONAL ACCOUNT STATISTICS, (9) International Labor Organization. YEARBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL LABOR STATISTICS, (10) Taylor, Charles L., and Michael C. Hudson. WORLD HANDBOOK OF POLITICAL AND SOCIAL INDICATORS. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1972, (11) Russett, Bruce M., et al. WORLD HANDBOOK OF POLITICAL AND SOCIAL INDICATORS. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1964, (12) Adeleman, Irma, and Cynthia Taft Morris. SOCIETY, POLITICS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: A QUANTITATIVE APPROACH. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Press, 1967, (13) Banks, Arthur S., and Robert B. Textor. A CROSS POLITY SURVEY. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1963, (14) POLITY DATA: PERSISTENCE AND CHANGE IN POLITICAL SYSTEMS, 1800-1971 (ICPSR 5010), and others


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-03

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