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Comparative Political Data Sets

 

Comparative Political Data Set I (23 OECD Countries)

Klaus Armingeon, Laura Knöpfel, David Weisstanner and Sarah Engler

Description

The Comparative Political Data Set 1960-2012 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 2012. 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 and Sarah Engler. 2014. Comparative Political Data Set I 1960-2012. Bern: Institute of Political Science, University of Berne.

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

Last update: 2014-09-30 (overall update, year 2012 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 (36 OECD Countries and/or EU-member Countries)

Klaus Armingeon, Laura Knöpfel, David Weisstanner and Sarah Engler

Description

The Comparative Political Data Set III 1990-2012 is a collection of political and institutional data which consists of (mostly) annual data for a group of 36 OECD and/or EU-member countries for the period 1990-2012[1]. The data are primarily from the data set 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).

However, the present data set differs in several aspects from the CPDS I dataset. Compared to CPDS I Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus (Greek part), Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia have been added.

The present 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 more in-depth sources of these data, see the online databases of the OECD. For trade union membership, excellent data for European trade unions is provided by Jelle Visser (2013).

When using the 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, Laura Knöpfel, David Weisstanner and Sarah Engler. 2014. Comparative Political Data Set III 1990-2012. Bern: Institute of Political Science, University of Berne.

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

Last update: 2014-09-30 (overall update and inclusion of Croatia).


[1] Data for former communist countries begin in 1990 for Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Romania and Slovakia, in 1991 for Poland, in 1992 for Estonia and Lithuania, in 1993 for Lativa and Slovenia and in 2000 for Croatia. For detailed information, please refer to the notes at the beginning of each chapter.

 

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Supplement to the Comparative Political Data Set – Government Composition 1960-2012 (36 OECD countries and/or EU-member Countries)

Klaus Armingeon, David Weisstanner and Laura Knöpfel

Description

The Supplement to the Comparative Political Data Set provides detailed information on party composition, reshuffles, duration, reason for termination and the type of government for 36 OECD an/or EU-member countries. 
The CPDS I and CPDS III variables concerning the cabinet compositions are based upon the data presented in the supplement.


The data begins in 1960 for all the countries included in CPDS I respectively in 1990 for Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Romania and Slovakia in 1992 for Estonia and Lithuania in 1993 for Latvia and Slovenia and in 2000 for Croatia.
In order to obtain information on both the change of ideological composition and the following gap between the new an old cabinet the supplement contains alternative data for the year 1959.


In any work using this data set, please quote both the data set and, where appropriate, the original source. Please quote as:
Klaus Armingeon, David Weisstanner and Laura Knöpfel. 2014. Supplement to the Comparative Political Data Set – Government Composition 1960-2012. Bern: Institute of Political Science, University of Berne.

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Aktuell

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