Varieties of Democracy Project Description
59 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2012
Date Written: August 8, 2012
This document lays out a new approach to conceptualization and measurement of democracy, dubbed Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem). In Part I, we review the weaknesses of extant approaches. In Part II, we lay out our approach, which may be characterized as historical, multidimensional, and disaggregated. In Part III, we discuss the process of data collection. In Part IV, we describe project management. In Part V, we discuss what we have accomplished to date and what remains to be accomplished. In Part VI, we suggest the payoffs our approach may bring to the study of democracy and some outcome indicators that will be used to assess V-Dem’s impact on several communities it is intended to serve.
Keywords: democracy, measurement, concepts, data
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