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Comparative Political Data Sets

 

Comparative Political Data Set I (23 OECD Countries)

Klaus Armingeon, Laura Knöpfel, David Weisstanner, Sarah Engler, Panajotis Potolidis, Marlène Gerber

Description

The Comparative Political Data Set 1960-2011 is a collection of political and institutional data which have been assembled in the context of the research projects „Die Handlungs-spielräume des Nationalstaates“ and “Critical junctures. An international comparison” directed by Klaus Armingeon and funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. It consists of (mostly) annual data for 23 democratic countries for the period of 1960 to 2011. In the cases of Greece, Spain and Portugal, political data were collected only for the democratic periods[1]. The data set is suited for cross-national, longitudinal and pooled time series analyses.

The data set contains some additional demographic, socio- and economic variables. However, these variables are not the major concern of the project, and are thus limited in scope. For a more in-depth source of these data, see the online databases of the OECD. For trade union membership, excellent data for European trade unions can be added from the CD-ROM of the Data Handbook by Bernhard Ebbinghaus and Jelle Visser (Trade Unions in Western Europe since 1945 (The Societies of Europe). New York, Basingstoke, Oxford: Grove's Dictionaries, Macmillan, 2000).

A few variables have been copied from a data set collected by E. Huber, Ch. Ragin, J. Stephens, D. Brady and J. Beckfield (2004). We are grateful for the permission to include these data.

In any work using data from this data set, please quote both the data set, and where appropriate, the original source. Please quote this data set as:
Klaus Armingeon, Laura Knöpfel, David Weisstanner, Sarah Engler, Panajotis Potolidis, Marlène Gerber. 2013. Comparative Political Data Set I 1960-2011. Bern: Institute of Political Science, University of Bern.

For questions or suggestions related to CPDS I, please contact Laura Knöpfel.

Last update: 2013-10-28 (overall update, year 2011 added)


[1] Data for Greece are missing during the period 1967-1973. Data for Portugal are missing until 1975 and for Spain until 1976.

 

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Comparative Political Data Set II (28 Post Communist Countries)

Description

The Comparative Data Set for 28 Post-Communist Countries, 1989–2004, is a collection of political and institutional data which has been assembled in the context of the research project “Forms of Government. A Comparative Data Set for 28 Eastern Countries,“ directed by Klaus Armingeon and funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. It consists of annual data for 28 former communist countries, covering the period from 1989 to 2004. For member states of the former Soviet Union, the entries cover the period following their official independence from the USSR (mostly after 1991 and 1992).

The data set contains additional demographic, and socio-economic variables.

The data set is offered in two formats: 1. Excel files, with detailed information, including information on sources; and 2. SPSS files, suitable for cross-national, longitudinal and pooled time series analyses.

In any work using data from this data set, please quote both the data set and, where appropriate, the original source. Please quote this data set as:
Klaus Armingeon and Romana Careja. 2007. Comparative Data Set for 28 Post-Communist Countries, 1989-2007. Bern: Institute of Political Science, University of Berne.

For questions or suggestions related to CPDS II, please contact Laura Knöpfel.

Last update: 2008-09-04.

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Comparative Political Data Set III (35 OECD Countries and/or EU-member countries)

Klaus Armingeon, Romana Careja, Laura Knöpfel, David Weisstanner, Sarah Engler, Panajotis Potolidis, Marlène Gerber

Description

The Comparative Political Data Set III 1990-2011 is a collection of political and institutional data which consists of (mostly) annual data for a group of 35 OECD and/or EU-member countries for the period 1990-2011[1]. Data are mainly drawn from two data sets created at the University of Berne, Institute of Political Science and funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation: The Comparative Political Data Set I (CPDS I) and The Comparative Political Data Set II (CPDS II). The present data set differs in several respects from both CPDS I and CPDS II.

Compared to CPDS I Cyprus (without the Northern territory) and Malta have been added to the group of countries for which data are presented. Compared to CPDS II, CPDS III contains only data for those post-communist countries that joined the EU.

CPDS III introduces a different operationalisation for some of the institutional variables. In addition, the cabinet composition (right-centre-left) was calculated both as a percentage of parliamentary seats and as a percentage of cabinet positions.

Several variables under the heading ‘Fiscal and Social Policy’, have previously not been part   of CPDS I or of CPDS II.

The present data set is suited for cross national, longitudinal and pooled time series analyses.

In any work using data from this data set, please quote both the data set, and where appropriate, the original source. This data set is to be cited as:
Klaus Armingeon, Romana Careja, Laura Knöpfel, David Weisstanner, Sarah Engler, Panajotis Potolidis, Marlène Gerber. 2013. Comparative Political Data Set III 1990-2011. Bern: Institute of Political Science, University of Berne.

For questions or suggestions related to CPDS III, please contact Laura Knöpfel.

Last update: 2014-03-25 (error for economic variables for Austria corrected).


 

[1] For former communist countries data was entered starting with 1990, 1991 or 1992. For detailed information, please refer to the notes at the beginning of each chapter. The data set does not include Korea, Mexico and Turkey.

 

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Aktuell

Klaus Armingeon (Hrsg.). 2013. Staatstätigkeiten, Parteien und Demokratie. Festschrift für Manfred G. Schmidt, Wiesbaden: Springer VS.