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

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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. 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   Morocco   Iran   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   Liberia   Venezuela   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   Dominican Republic   Denmark   Mexico   Uganda   Zimbabwe   Suriname   Indonesia
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1948 -- 1977
  1. The series on foreign interventions included in World Handbook II are not included in this edition of the Handbook.

  2. 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



2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Taylor, Charles Lewis, and David A. Jodice. World Handbook of Political and Social Indicators III: 1948-1982. ICPSR07761-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1986.

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.