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The "Comparative Political Data Set" (CPDS) is a collection of political and institutional country-level data provided by Prof. Dr. Klaus Armingeon and collaborators at the University of Berne. It consists of annual data for 36 democratic countries for the period of 1960 to 2016 or since their transition to democracy.

The present data set combines and replaces the earlier versions “Comparative Political Data Set I” (data for 23 OECD countries from 1960 onwards) and the “Comparative Political Data Set III” (data for 36 OECD and/or EU member states from 1990 onwards). A variable has been added to identify former CPDS I countries.

In addition, the "Supplement to the Comparative Political Data Set – Government Composition 1960-2016" provides detailed information on party composition, reshuffles, duration, reason for termination and the type of government for 36 OECD and/or EU-member countries.

The data set contains some additional economic, socio-economic and demographic 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, Eurostat or AMECO. The CPDS is suited for cross-national, longitudinal and pooled time-series analyses.

News / latest updates

>>> August 2018 | New update: CPDS country-year 2016 available, including data on education

>>> August 2018 | New update: CPDS by government country-year 2016

 

Citation (please refer to the respective data set as follows)

Armingeon, Klaus, Virginia Wenger, Fiona Wiedemeier, Christian Isler, Laura Knöpfel, David Weisstanner and Sarah Engler. 2018.
Comparative Political Data Set 1960-2016.
Bern: Institute of Political Science, University of Berne.

Armingeon, Klaus, Virginia Wenger, Fiona Wiedemeier, Christian Isler, Laura Knöpfel and David Weisstanner. 2018.
Supplement to the Comparative Political Data Set – Government Composition 1960-2016.
Bern: Institute of Political Science, University of Berne.

Coverage

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom & USA: 1960-2016

Greece: 1960-1967, 1974-2016

Malta: 1966-2016

Portugal & Cyprus: 1976-2016

Spain: 1977-2016

Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania & Slovakia: 1990-2016

Poland: 1991-2016

Estonia & Lithuania: 1992-2016

Latvia & Slovenia: 1993-2016

Croatia: 2000-2016

 

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