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Regime Legitimation Expert Survey (RLES)

Version
1
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • von Soest, Christian (GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies)
  • Grauvogel, Julia (GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies)
Publication Date
2017
Classification
  • ZA:
    • Government, Political System
    • Society, Culture
Description
  • Abstract

    We present a data set on authoritarian regimes’ claims to legitimacy that is based on leading experts’ assessments of 98 states for the period 1991–2010. The experts assessed these regimes on the basis of six conceptually distinguishable but interlinked claims to legitimacy – namely (1) foundational myth, (2) ideology, (3) personalism, (4) international engagement, (5) procedural mechanisms and (6) performance. For the survey, we contacted approximately 800 renowned international and local experts. They were selected on the basis of their publication records, their local expertise and their work for high-quality country-based indices, research institutes, and/or high-profile think tanks. 273 online questionnaires were completed. We collected expert assessments for the most recent non-democratic regime (as of 2013, the year of assessment). The survey comprised questions covering the strength of a regime’s six legitimation strategies, based on a six-point scale ranging from 0-5. In addition, the dataset includes information regarding the number of experts per country and the experts’ average confidence in answering the questions on the respective country.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1991 / 2010
  • 1991 / 2010
Sampled Universe
Regime spell
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Geographic Unit
    Number of Units: 98
    Number of Variables: 11
    • File Name: RLES.xlsx
      File Format: application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet
      File Size: 15784
      Data Fingerprint: 7746a669ad74f3832d08aee0140a2ca4
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
  • Unit Type: Geographic Unit
    Number of Units: 98
    Number of Variables: 11
    • File Name: RLES.xlsx
      File Format: application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet
      File Size: 15784
      Data Fingerprint: 7746a669ad74f3832d08aee0140a2ca4
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: RLES_Codebook_20171124.docx
      File Format: application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document
      File Size: 27526
      Data Fingerprint: 81b9cb268d552fcff6a0b7c6b200bf9c
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: RLES_Codebook_20171124.docx
      File Format: application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document
      File Size: 27526
      Data Fingerprint: 81b9cb268d552fcff6a0b7c6b200bf9c
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: RLES_Codebook_20171124.pdf
      File Format: application/pdf
      File Size: 107980
      Data Fingerprint: 48ff1d4dba14b37c31dfdd5368dbcd36
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: RLES_Codebook_20171124.pdf
      File Format: application/pdf
      File Size: 107980
      Data Fingerprint: 48ff1d4dba14b37c31dfdd5368dbcd36
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
Availability
Download
Rights
CC BY-NC 4.0
Publications
  • von Soest, Christian, and Julia Grauvogel. 2015. “Comparing Legitimation Strategies in Post-Soviet Countries.” In Politics and Legitimacy in Post-Soviet Eurasia, edited by Martin Brusis, Joachim Ahrens, and Martin Schulze Wessel, 18–46. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ;New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.;

Update Metadata: 2019-10-01 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2017-11-27

von Soest, Christian; Grauvogel, Julia (2017): Regime Legitimation Expert Survey (RLES). Version: 1. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.7802/1545