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Study Report

Study Number: KB-517-001-1-1-International-ICPSR-1981

Subject Area: Election Studies

Bibliographic Citation: International almanac of electoral history, 1981.  [machine-readable data file] / Mackie, Thomas T.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 8247

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Hard copy codebook.

Abstract: This data collection was assembled by Professor Thomas T. Mackie of the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. The data are published in The International Almanac of Electoral History edited by Thomas T. Mackie and Richard Rose. The data set contains information for elections in specified countries from the beginning of competitive national elections until December of 1981. Included are the United States Presidential election returns and votes for members of the lower houses of parliament in the remaining countries in the survey. Votes are recorded for every party which has at least once secured one percent or more of the valid vote in a national election. Some parties with fewer votes are included where this aids cross-national comparison, or where the separatist or regional character of the party may lead it to regard its own 'nation' as smaller than the total electorate. The universe for the sample included the following countries, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States of America. The data collection is arranged into six files. File 1 contains an introduction, file 2 contains the codebook for the data, and file 3 contains the English language name for each party. The fourth file contains summary information for each election such as the size of the electorate, turnout, valid and invalid votes, total votes, and the number of seats in parliament. The fifth file contains the number of votes cast for each party at each election. The sixth file contains the number of seats won by each party at each election and the total number of seats in the legislature. Missing data is denoted by a blank in all files. The collection consists of a total of 3,144 records: 25 records in file 1, 88 records in file 2, 608 records in file 3, 598 records in file 4, 1094 records in file 5, and 731 records in file 6. Each file has a logical record length of 80.

SUBJECT TERMS: congressional elections. election returns. elections. presidential elections. voter validation data. voting attitudes and behavior. voting records. Australia. Austria. Belgium. Canada. Denmark. Federal Republic of Germany. Finland. France. Great Britain. Greece. Iceland. Ireland. New Zealand. Norway. Portugal. Spain. Sweden. Switzerland. United States.

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