The Autocracies of the World (AoW) dataset is a new attempt to categorize all governments of the world from 1950 to 2012. In doing so, we hope that the AoW dataset provides new innovations that can promote academic and policy-based understanding of autocratic rule. A couple examples include new measures of personalism within all autocracies and data on regime duration. These additions, along with all technical descriptions and comparisons with other regimes datasets, are outlined in the codebook.

This data is also housed on the website of Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL). It can be accessed through this link.

We ask that the dataset be cited in the following manner:

Magaloni, Beatriz, Jonathan Chu, and Eric Min. 2013. Autocracies of the World, 1950-2012 (Version 1.0). Dataset, Stanford University.


AoW Dataset (version 1)

AoW Codebook