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Words and Deeds in Soviet Military Expenditures, 1955-1983

Resource Type
Dataset : aggregate data
  • Zimmerman, William
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Ford Foundation
Free Keywords
arms race; Cold War; defense policy; defense spending; foreign policy; international relations; military expenditures; military strength; political history; post-World War II period
  • Abstract

    This data collection assesses the relationship between Soviet policy statements and military expenditures. Annual speeches given by Soviet Finance Ministers to the Supreme Soviet were analyzed for references to intended defense spending, the United States, and the threat of imperialism. Other variables in this dataset include estimates from various Western sources of the level of Soviet defense spending and identification of the appropriate year in the Soviet planning cycle. A year is the unit of analysis in this dataset.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1955 / 1983
    Time period: 1955--1983
  • 1981 / 1983
    Collection date: 1981--1983
Geographic Coverage
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Soviet Union
  • Global
Sampled Universe
Annual speeches given by Soviet Finance Ministers to the Supreme Soviet during 1955-1983.
Collection Mode
  • The following variables are missing for the years indicated: Variable 2: 1955, 1979-1983. Variable 4: 1955, 1982-1983. Variable 5: 1955. Variable 6: 1955. Variable 7: 1955, 1983. Variable 8: 1979-1983. Variable 9: 1981-1983. Variable 10: 1981-1983. Variable 11: 1979-1983.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 8188 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08188.v1
  • Zimmerman, William, Palmer, Glenn. Words and deeds in Soviet foreign policy: The case of Soviet military expenditures. American Political Science Review.77, (2), 358-367.1983.
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Zimmerman, William (1985): Words and Deeds in Soviet Military Expenditures, 1955-1983. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.