World Handbook of Political and Social Indicators III: 1948-1982 (ICPSR 7761)

Published: Feb 16, 1992

Principal Investigator(s):
Charles Lewis Taylor; David A. Jodice


Version V2

This third edition of the World Handbook of Political and Social Indicators is composed of four files, one aggregate data file (Part 1), and three events data files including a daily events political data file (Part 2), an annual political events data file (Part 3), and a new quarterly political events data file (Part 4). The aggregate data file (Part 1) is based upon data from the base years of 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, and 1975. It contains political, economic, and social data and rates of change for 155 countries. Data are provided for central government current revenue and expenditure, gross national product and growth rates, imports, exports, and trade as a percentage of the gross national product, total military expenditure and manpower, public education, public health expenditure, energy consumption, coal, natural gas, and petroleum reserves and production, GINI measures of inequity, income inequity, sectorial inequity, coefficient of land inequality, political and civil rights indices, political and economic discrimination, the percentage of those discriminated against and its intensity, the proportion and intensity of separatism, voting behavior, the number of registered voters and voter turnout as a percentage of the adult population, the first five largest political parties, total legislative seats, total adult and working age population, population density, percentage of population in cities, agricultural density, health and nutrition measures, consumption measures, literacy, and school enrollment. Data are also provided for the percentage of the labor force in agriculture, industry, and the services, organized labor, industrial disputes and the number of working days lost, the life expectancy for males and females, infant mortality rates, and estimated birth rates and death rates, as well as the number of scientific authors, physicians per million population, total piped water, and newspapers, radios, television sets, and telephones per 1000 population. There are three files of events data in this collection. The first file records daily political events, the second aggregates these events to an annual file, and the third aggregates the same events into a quarterly file. The Daily Event Data file (Part 2) contains a variety of governmental change and political protest events for 139 countries. It records 38 kinds of domestic events including demonstrations, riots, strikes, assassinations, elections, referenda, and imposition of political restrictions, including censorship. Some of the 38 event types were only distinguished for the events occurring in particular periods. For example, the categories of bombing, ambush, raid, arrest, release of the arrested, imposition of martial law or curfew, and relaxation of martial law or curfew were added in 1978. The Annual Events Data file consists of summations of the occurrences of each type of event within each country on a year-to-year basis from 1948 to 1977. The annual totals are given for the same countries as in the daily file, with the exception of three countries. The Quarterly Event Data file consists of summations of the occurrences of each type of event within each country on a quarter-to-quarter basis. The 38 types of events coded in the quarterly events file have also been collapsed to 17 broader categories to maintain comparability with earlier editions of the handbook.

Taylor, Charles Lewis, and Jodice, David A. World Handbook of Political and Social Indicators III: 1948-1982. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-16.

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Benin Papua New Guinea Angola Cambodia Sudan Paraguay Syria North Korea Bahamas Greece Mongolia Iran Morocco Mali Panama Guatemala Iraq Chile Laos Nepal Argentina Tanzania Seychelles Zambia Ghana Bahrain India Canada Maldives Turkey Belgium Taiwan Finland Comoros South Africa Trinidad and Tobago Central African Republic Jamaica Peru Germany Yemen Vietnam (Socialist Republic) Fiji Hong Kong United States Guinea Somalia Chad Sao Tome and Principe Madagascar Ivory Coast Thailand Libya Equatorial Guinea Costa Rica Sweden Malawi Poland Kuwait Jordan Nigeria Bulgaria Tunisia Sri Lanka Uruguay United Kingdom United Arab Emirates Kenya Switzerland Spain Lebanon Cuba Venezuela Liberia Czech Republic Mauritania Swaziland Israel Australia Soviet Union Myanmar Cameroon Cyprus Malaysia Iceland Global Oman Gabon South Korea Austria Yugoslavia Mozambique El Salvador Zaire Luxembourg Brazil Algeria Colombia Ecuador Hungary Japan Mauritius Albania New Zealand Senegal Italy Ethiopia Afghanistan Burundi Singapore Egypt Sierra Leone Bolivia Malta Saudi Arabia Cape Verde Netherlands Pakistan Gambia Ireland Qatar France Bhutan Romania Togo Niger Philippines Rwanda Bangladesh Nicaragua Barbados Norway Botswana Democratic Republic of Congo Denmark Dominican Republic Uganda Mexico Zimbabwe Suriname Indonesia

1948 -- 1977

The series on foreign interventions included in World Handbook II are not included in this edition of the Handbook.

These data were originally processed by the Zentralarchiv Fur Empirische und Sozialforschung at the University of Cologne, to archival standards. The three events data files, updated to include data from 1978-1982, were processed by ICPSR. ICPSR has done no additional processing of the aggregate data file.

A total of 156 countries with a million or more population or which were members of the United Nations in mid-1975.

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

event/transaction data



1984-07-02 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:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

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