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Dear CSES User Community,

The Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) project is pleased to announce that the Full Release of CSES Module 5 is now available. The dataset and accompanying documentation may be downloaded from the Data Center on the CSES website at no cost.

The core objective of CSES Module 5 is to tap citizens’ attitudes towards political elites, majority rule, and out-groups. The module will allow researchers to account for variation in the contestation of political elites and ‘populist’ attitudes across polities, examine how such perceptions shape citizens’ electoral behavior, and explore the relationship between the rise of populist parties and the distribution of populist attitudes cross-nationally.

The CSES Module 5 Full Release contains a record number of respondents (114,714), election studies (56), and polities (45). It covers the years 2015-2021 and includes 605 variables.

Fifteen new election studies have been added since the prior Advance Release, namely: Albania (2017), Britain (2019), Czechia (2017), Czechia (2021), El Salvador (2019), Germany (2021), Greece (2019), India (2019), Latvia (2018), Lithuania (2020), Mexico (2018), Netherlands (2021), Peru (2021), Poland (2019), and Romania (2016).

A non-comprehensive list of changes since the prior Advance Release can be found on the Errata page for CSES Module 5 on the CSES website. Of special note, this Full Release contains:

  • A set of macro data measures capturing the COVID-19 pandemic situation in polities that conducted their study during the pandemic.
  • A suite of derivative variables, including pre-coded vote choice for left/right, vote choice by ideological family, turnout and vote switching variables, generational classification variables, and a first-time voter variable.
  • Vote choice variables linked with expert populism classifications by CSES Collaborators.
  • A series of bridging variables that facilitates easy linking of CSES Module 5 data with a host of other data, including the Manifesto Project Database (MARPOR/CMP), ParlGov, the Chapel Hill Expert Survey (CHES), and the Party Facts Database.
  • Variables enabling users to easily merge CSES Module 5 vote choice data with the CSES Integrated Module Dataset (IMD).

Please e-mail us at [email protected] with any questions you might have, and we would be pleased to help.

We thank all of our Collaborators for contributing to CSES Module 5. We appreciate you!
And to our users: Thank you for supporting the CSES project!