The data set for this study, The Post-Communist Politics and Economics Database (PCPED), includes monthly data for twenty-six countries from January 1990 through December 1999. The replication data set for this study is available on the author's web page, as is a continuously updated data set including additional variables. The sample contains all former Soviet republics, Hungary, Poland, Czechoslovakia (before January 1993), the Czech and Slovak republics (since January 1993), Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, and Mongolia.1
GOVERNMENT DURATION counts the number of months the current government has been in office. Changes in prime minister or in the main party of the ruling coalition are coded as fall of government.2 No change of government is coded when a junior partner leaves the coalition but the prime minister and the main coalition partner remain the same.
MONTHS TO ELECTION counts the number of months till the next scheduled parliamentary election. Any changes in the date of elections during the term of the parliament have been noted, and the count has been updated from the____________________