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Comparative Political Parties Data, 1950-1962

Resource Type
Dataset : observational data
  • Janda, Kenneth
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
Free Keywords
political behavior; political organizations; political parties; world politics
  • Abstract

    This data collection contains the observed characteristics of 158 diverse political parties operating in 53 countries between 1950 and 1962. The variables consist of both substantive coding of party characteristics and data quality measures. A base of 111 variables place party characteristics in a conceptual framework of 11 categories: institutionalization, governmental status, social attraction, social concentration, social reflection, issue orientation, goal orientation, autonomy, degree of organization, centralization of power, coherence, and involvement. Every variable that was coded was selected because of its relevance to a concept in the framework. The remaining variables are derived measures of the quality of those data.
  • Methods

    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: Performed consistency checks.; Standardized missing values.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1950 / 1962
    Time period: 1950--1962
Geographic Coverage
  • Albania
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Benin
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Cuba
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Global
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Kenya
  • Lebanon
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • North Korea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Portugal
  • Soviet Union
  • Sudan
  • Sweden
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Zimbabwe
Sampled Universe
Political parties of the world in existence between 1950 and 1962.
In order to ensure representation of the full range of party diversity, a stratified sampling procedure was used. First, all countries with functioning parties of some durability during 1950-1962 were identified and classified into one of ten cultural-geographic "areas" of the world. From each of these ten areas, five countries were selected at random, producing a set of 50 countries representing all ten areas. Three countries (the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada) were not drawn by this random sample procedure and were added later. From the 53 countries, 158 parties that met minimum levels of strength and stability were used in the sample.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 7534 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Tan, Alexander C.. The impacts of party membership size: A cross-national analysis. Journal of Politics.60, (1), 188-198.1998.
  • Janda, Kenneth. Cross-national measures of party organization and organizational theory. European Journal of Political Research.11, (3), 319-332.1983.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1475-6765.1983.tb00065.x (DOI)
  • Harmel, Robert. Environment and party decentralization: A cross-national analysis. Comparative Political Studies.14, (1), 75-99.1981.
  • Janda, Kenneth. Political Parties: A Cross National Survey. New York: Free Press. 1980.
  • Janda, Kenneth. Comparative Political Parties: A Cross-National Handbook. Evanston, IL: Department of Political Science, Northwestern University. 1974.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Janda, Kenneth (1984): Comparative Political Parties Data, 1950-1962. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.