Suffrage Data

The suffrage data was obtained from

Paxton, Pamela, Kenneth A. Bollen, Deborah M Lee and HyoJoung Kim (2003) “Research Forum - A Half-Century of Suffrage: New Data and a Comparative Analysis,” Studies in comparative international development. 38, 1: 93.

Specifically, we obtained the data directly from the website of Kenneth A. Bollen. We downloaded the original Excel file from there. In Excel and Access, we modified the format to better fit our needs. That included changing the column headers to actual years, linking the data to Polity country codes and converting it into a format with one row per country per year. We also changed the "." used in the Excel file for not existing data (e.g. because a country didn't exist) into a -7.

We assigned Polity codes to the data. The following represents a list of special cases:

ccode name
484 CONGO
315 CZECHOSLOVAKIA
490 DEM REP OF CONGO
411 EQUATORI
265 GERMANY EAST
260 GERMANY WEST
404 GUINEA B
317 SLOVAKIA
365 SOVIET UNION
816 VIETNAM NORTH
678 YEMEN NORTH

In order to use these assignments, we deleted the -7 rows for

The data was exported as stataSuffrage.


2006 by Department of International Relations, Lehigh University. Last update: 2006-05-18 13:38:20 -0400.
Contact corresponding author Bruce Moon.