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Crime in Western Societies, 1945-1974

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Dataset : aggregate data
  • Gurr, Ted Robert
  • Gurr, Erika
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
convictions (law); crime; criminal justice system; police
  • Abstract

    These data were collected from national statistical sources for 16 western societies plus Israel and Japan. Data on population and eight categories of crime were gathered for as many years as possible between 1945 and 1974. Both convictions and offenses known to police were recorded whenever possible. Variables include percent yearly change and population-weighted measures of the incidence of each offense.
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    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1945 / 1974
    Time period: 1945--1974
  • 1945 / 1974
    Collection date: 1945--1974
Geographic Coverage
  • Global
2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.1997-09-19 SAS and SPSS data definition statements have been added to this collection.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 7769 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07769.v2
  • Gurr, Ted Robert. Contemporary Crime in Historical Perspective: A Comparative Study of London, Stockholm, and Sydney. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.434, 114-136.1977.
    • ID: 10.1177/000271627743400109 (DOI)
  • Gurr, Ted Robert. Crime trends in modern democracies since 1945. International Annals of Criminology / Annales Internationales de Criminologie.16, (1-2), 41-86.1977.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

Gurr, Ted Robert; Gurr, Erika (1984): Crime in Western Societies, 1945-1974. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.