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DataSet National Elections Across Democracy and Autocracy
The principal investigators introduce a unique dataset that provides in-depth information on all elections from 1996-2006 in 158 countries. This comprehensive election-level set diverges from standard cross-temporal, cross-national datasets in that it uses separate election events (the electionid variable) as the identifying variable, in contrast to the country-year structure that is generally prevalent in current work on electoral data. The nature of the dataset allows the electionid to be collapsed into required units of analysis, as well as providing the opportunity to analyse elections by type. Additionally, by avoiding the country-year structure, the NELDA dataset allows researchers to analyse variation between elections within country-years. NELDA includes over 50 substantive variables that concentrate on the presence of competition, varying electoral processes, external involvement in election processes, and characteristics that set apart democratic polities from autocratic ones. The data can prove useful for researchers studying political corruption. Overall, this dataset adds an important contribution in both its extensive coverage of democratic and autocratic elections and its structure based on election events rather than country-years. The dataset forms the foundation for the investigators' forthcoming manuscript “National Elections Across Democracy and Autocracy: Which Elections Can Be Lost?”.
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DataSet Bertelsmann Transformation Index (BTI)
The persistence of mass poverty and political marginalization in many countries is the central observation of this year’s BTI, which ranks 128 countries on political and economic management against 17 criteria. Detailed country reports provide valuable context to the ranking.
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DataSet Doing Business
More countries than ever are cutting red tape and reforming their business regulations, finds the World Bank’s Doing Business 2010 analysis, the largest comparative annual assessment of business regulations around the world. Regulatory reforms are up a significant 20% from last year according to the analysis that looks at business regulations and their enforcement across 183 economies.
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DataSet Troff document Global Integrity Report
Global Integrity released the latest round of its comprehensive assessment of national level anti-corruption mechanisms in 35 countries based on reports by in-country teams on more than 300 transparency and accountability indicators. The 2009 Report covers developed countries such as the United States and South Korea as well as dozens of the world’s emerging markets and developing nations, including China,Lebanon and Vietnam. Among the key findings of the study, the report indicates that despite the change of administration in the United States, significant progress has not yet been achieved in closing accountability gaps at the national level.
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DataSet chemical/x-pdb The Quality of Government Institute’s survey dataset on quality of government
This unique dataset on the structure and behaviour of public administrators is based on a web survey of 528 country experts from 58 countries around the world. It covers key dimensions of quality of government, such as politicisation, professionalisation, openness, and impartiality. The data set is expected to soon include 40 additional countries, primarily from the developing world.
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DataSet Global Corruption Barometer
With more than 91,500 respondents drawn from 86 countries and territories around the world, Transparency International’s 2010 GCB, released on 9 December 2010, finds the poor to be disproportionately burdened by bribe demands. For most people around the world, political parties, the civil service, parliaments and the police are the institutions perceived to be more affected by corruption. One out of two people interviewed consider their government’s actions to fight corruption to be ineffective, yet, there is a general belief that citizens can make a difference. Most people are willing to report a corrupt act when it occurs
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DataSet Database of Political Institutions 2009 (updated 2010)
The Database of Political Institutions has more than 100 objective variables on political systems (from the number of years the executive has been in office to the competitiveness of elections to the number of political checks and balances) for more than150 countries over the period 1975-2009.
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DataSet World Development Indicators 2011
The primary World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially-recognized international sources, the World Development Indicators (WDI) is the World Bank's flagship statistical publication and establishes the benchmark against which development progress is measured. This 15th edition of WDI in its current format, aims to provide relevant, high-quality, internationally comparable statistics about development and the quality of people’s lives around the globe. It focuses on the impact of the decision to make data freely available under an open license and with better online tools. The section introductions discuss key issues in measuring the economic and social phenomena described in the tables and charts and introduce new sources of data. It includes more than 900 indicators in more than 90 tables organized in 6 sections: World View, People, Environment, Economy, States and Markets, and Global Links. The data includes national, regional and global estimates.
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DataSet The Rule of Law Index, 2011
The Rule of Law Index is a quantitative assessment tool designed to offer a comprehensive picture of the extent to which countries adhere to the rule of law. The Index presents a comprehensive set of indicators on the rule of law from the perspective of the ordinary person. It examines practical situations in which a rule of law deficit may affect the daily lives of ordinary people. For example, it evaluates whether citizens can access public services without the need to bribe a government officer. The Index provides new data on the following nine dimensions of the rule of law: limited government powers, absence of corruption, order and security, fundamental rights, open government, effective regulatory enforcement, access to civil justice, effective criminal justice, informal justice.
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DataSet Doing Business 2012: Doing Business in a More Transparent World
This year's ranking and report assesses regulations affecting domestic firms in 183 economies and ranks the economies in 10 areas of business regulation, such as starting a business, resolving insolvency and trading across borders. The report rankings on ease of doing business have expanded to include indicators on getting electricity. In this year's rankings Singapore leads on the overall ease of doing business, followed by Hong Kong SAR, China; New Zealand; the United States; and Denmark.
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