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April 28, 2014

The Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) project is pleased to announce the First Advance Release of the CSES Module 4 dataset. The dataset and accompanying documentation may be downloaded for free from the Data Center on the CSES website at: www.cses.org

This First Advance Release contains 18,893 respondents from 10 election studies: Austria (2013), France (2012), Ireland (2011), Mexico (2012), Montenegro (2012), New Zealand (2012), Serbia (2012), Switzerland (2011), Taiwan (2012), and Thailand (2011).

By definition, an Advance Release is a preliminary version of a dataset, and thus lacks some of the checking, cleaning, processing, documentation, data, and variables that are usual to the Full Release of a dataset. Many election studies that will eventually be present in the CSES Module 4 Full Release are not available in this file. Advance Releases are provided as a service to the CSES user community, for those analysts who find it valuable to work with preliminary versions of the dataset. Some errors may still be present. We would appreciate being notified of any errors in the dataset or documentation by email to cses@umich.edu.

As we learn of errors, we will post them via the Errata link on the CSES Module 4 download page in the Data Center. We are already aware of an issue where variables with a decimal point in them have more precision to the right of the decimal point than is necessary. We have posted an erratum about this in the aforementioned location.

We hope that until such time as the Full Release of CSES Module 4 is available, users will find this and future CSES Module 4 Advance Releases to be helpful in their work.

Thank you for your support of the CSES!