NOTE: This trial version only includes some CNTS data through 2008. To determine what data there are for subsequent years, please download the 2015 Edition Coverage Files. Similarly, this trial version has several 2011 and 2012 samples from the LINKS files, while the full LINKS version has links for every event after 2010.
Important Notice Users of the CNTS data and documentation must be currently enrolled or associated with the licensee institution, and may not take the files with them when they leave the institution. Users may not remove or alter the copyright notice on any copy of the CNTS data or documentation. Users may not rent, lease, sell or transfer any rights to use the CNTS data or documentation.
Data and Documentation Download Options Compressed files: CNTS Data Archive with (available only with full version.) [4.4 MB]:
Individual files for TRIAL version:
CNTSDATA.xls [subset]
User's Manual.doc [131 KB]
Codebook.xls [51 KB]
Bibliography.xls [1.3 MB]
Independent States Since 1815.xls (list of countries) [84 KB]
2012 Edition LINKS.xls [subset]
2013 Edition LINKS.xls [subset]
New Content LINKS spreadsheet files contain the links to the sources for each Domestic Conflict Event, beginning with 2011 data for: General Strikes, Purges, Government Crises, Riots, Assassinations, Anti-Government Demonstrations, Guerilla Warfare and Revolutions.

The World Bank codes and country names are included to enable easier integration with data from other sources.

Legislative Process Data:
Number of Seats, Largest Party in Legislature
Size of Legislature (Lower House)
Effectiveness of Legislature
Competitiveness of Nominating Process
Party Coalitions
Party Legitimacy
Size of Legislature/Number of Seats, Largest Party
Composite Index
Seven-Year Average
Seven-Year Total

Political Data:
Party Fractionalization Index
Type of Regime
Number of Coups d'Etat
Number of Major Constitutional Changes
Head of State
Effective Executive (Type)
Effective Executive (Selection)
Degree of Parliamentary Responsibility
Size of Cabinet
Number of Major Cabinet Changes
Changes in Effective Executive
Legislative Effectiveness
Legislative Selection
Number of Legislative Elections
Variables by Group 2015 Edition Variables.xls also shows the coverage years and descriptions of the variables.
Format The Excel format allows integration of the data into a spreadsheet or any statistical analysis package.
Citation The Archive may be cited as follows: Banks, Arthur S., Wilson, Kenneth A. 2015. Cross-National Time-Series Data Archive. Databanks International. Jerusalem, Israel; see
Contact email:
mobile phone: +972-52-521-1523
phone: +972-2-566-9340
contact person: Kenneth A. Wilson