V-Dem: A New Way to Measure Democracy

Lindberg, Staffan, Coppedge, Michael, Gerring, John, Teorrel, Jan, Altman, David, Bernhard, Michael, Glynn, Adam, Pemstein, Dan, Fish, Steven, McMann, Kelly, Staton, Jeff, Paxton, Pamela, Reif, Megan, Tzelgov, Eitan and Wang, Yi-ting (2014) V-Dem: A New Way to Measure Democracy. Journal of Democracy, 25 (3). pp. 159-169. ISSN 1086-3214

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Abstract

In the last few decades, Western governments have spent huge sums of money to promote democracy abroad. We do not know which, if any, of these programs actually work. If we cannot measure democracy in sufficient detail and with the necessary nuance, we cannot mark its progress and setbacks or affect its future course. While distinguishing the most democratic countries from the least democratic ones is fairly easy, it has proven to be much harder to make finer distinctions. Here we present a new effort aimed at measuring democracy, the Varieties of Democracy Project (V-Dem).

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
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Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2016 12:00
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2018 14:31
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/56309
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