Objectives of this Tutorial

In this tutorial, you learn where to find valuable data for your country risk analysis. Here you find a selection of data sources that focus on political risk. These sources are used by both students of my Country Risk Analysis course at Maastricht University and professionals who take my skills training course about Country Risk Analysis.

The links are up-to-date in June 2022. If you have questions or suggestions regarding these political risk data sources, please contact me.

Data Sources for Political Risk Analysis

  1. Adam Carr – Psephos Adam Carr’s Election Archive
  2. Amnesty International – Countries
  3. Center for Global Policy – Global Report Series (Global Report 2017: Conflict, Governance and State Fragility)
  4. CIA – CIA World Factbook
  5. Fund for Peace – Fragile States Index
  6. Freedom House – Freedom in the World / Countries and Territories
  7. Heidelberger Institut für Internationale Konfliktforschung – Conflict Barometer – Current Version
  8. Human Rights Watch – World Report 2022
  9. International Crisis Group – CrisisWatch Overview
  10. Inter-Parliamentary Union – Parline – Global Data on National Parliaments
  11. Maryland University – Minority At Risk – Data
  12. Reporters without Boundaries – World Press Freedom Index,
  13. RULERS – Heads of State and Heads of Government
  14. SIPRI – SIPRI Military Expenditure Database
  15. Transparency International – Corruption Perceptions Index 2021
  16. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – UNHCR Statistical Online Population Database: Sources, Methods and Data Considerations
  17. Uppsala University – Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) – Data for Download
  18. Visions of Humanity – Global Peace Index
  19. World Bank – Doing Business Legacy
  20. World Bank – Global Governance Indicators
  21. World Bank – World Development Indicators

Concluding Remarks

I am aware that this is a rather small selection of political risk data sources. However, they are highly relevant when you want to start with doing country risk analysis. Don’t forget to explore additional data sources, depending on your research objectives and target audience!

TUTORIAL: Finding Data for Political Risk Analysis

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