Varieties of Democracy Project Description

59 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2012

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Michael Coppedge

University of Notre Dame - Kellogg Institute; University of Notre Dame, Department of Political Science

John Gerring

University of Texas at Austin

Staffan I. Lindberg

Göteborg University - Varieties of Democracy Institute; Göteborg University - Department of Political Science

Date Written: August 8, 2012

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Coppedge, Michael and Gerring, John and Lindberg, Staffan I., Varieties of Democracy Project Description (August 8, 2012). APSA 2012 Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2132586 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2132586

Michael Coppedge

University of Notre Dame - Kellogg Institute ( email )

Hesburgh Center
Notre Dame, IN 46556
United States

University of Notre Dame, Department of Political Science

216 Hesburgh Center
Notre Dame, IN New South Wales 46556-5646
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.nd.edu/~mcoppedg/crd

John Gerring (Contact Author)

University of Texas at Austin ( email )

2317 Speedway
Austin, TX 78712
United States

Staffan I. Lindberg

Göteborg University - Varieties of Democracy Institute ( email )

Sprängkullsgatan 19
Gothenburg, Gothenburg 405 30
Sweden

HOME PAGE: http://www.pol.gu.se/varianter-pa-demokrati--v-dem-/

Göteborg University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Box 711
Gothenburg, S-405 30
Sweden

HOME PAGE: http://www.pol.gu.se

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