The Varieties of Democracy Core Civil Society Index

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Michael Bernhard

University of Florida

Eitan Tzelgov

University of Gothenburg - V-Dem Institute; University of Gothenburg

Dong-Joon Jung

University of Florida

Michael Coppedge

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

Staffan I. Lindberg

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

Date Written: December 2015

Abstract

This paper introduces the Core Civil Society Index (CCSI), a measure of the robustness of civil society, using indicators from the Varieties of Democracy battery on civil society. It begins with a discussion of the reemergence of civil society as a central concept in comparative politics and discusses the existing state of data to capture it. It then discusses the conceptualization behind the CCSI and the construction of the measure. This is followed by a series of face and discriminant validity checks. The paper closes with an example of the CCSI’s utility by examining the question of whether postcommunist civil society is “weak” compared to other regions. We find no evidence that postcommunist civil society is less robust than civil society in other major world regions via time-series cross-sectional analysis using 2999 country-year observations between 1989 and 2012.

Suggested Citation

Bernhard, Michael and Tzelgov, Eitan and Jung, Dong-Joon and Coppedge, Michael and Lindberg, Staffan I., The Varieties of Democracy Core Civil Society Index (December 2015). V-Dem Working Paper 2015:13, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2667493 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2667493

Michael Bernhard (Contact Author)

University of Florida ( email )

Eitan Tzelgov

University of Gothenburg - V-Dem Institute ( email )

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University of Gothenburg ( email )

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Dong-Joon Jung

University of Florida ( email )

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Michael Coppedge

University of Notre Dame - Kellogg Institute ( email )

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University of Notre Dame, Department of Political Science

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Staffan I. Lindberg

University of Gothenburg - Varieties of Democracy Institute ( email )

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Sweden

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University of Gothenburg - Department of Political Science ( email )

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