V-Dem Comparisons and Contrasts with Other Measurement Projects

46 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2017

See all articles by Michael Coppedge

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

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

Svend-Erik Skaaning

Aarhus University

Jan Teorell

Lund University - Department of Political Science

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

For policymakers, activists, academics, and citizens around the world the conceptualization and measurement of democracy matters. The needs of democracy promoters and social scientists are convergent. We all need better ways to measure democracy. In the first section of this document we critically review the field of democracy indices. It is important to emphasize that problems identified with extant indices are not easily solved, and some of the issues we raise vis-à-vis other projects might also be raised in the context of the V-Dem project. Measuring an abstract and contested concept such as democracy is hard and some problems of conceptualization and measurement may never be solved definitively. In the second section we discuss in general terms how the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) project differs from extant indices and how the novel approach taken by V-Dem might assist the work of activists, professionals, and scholars.

Suggested Citation

Coppedge, Michael and Gerring, John and Lindberg, Staffan I. and Skaaning, Svend-Erik and Teorell, Jan, V-Dem Comparisons and Contrasts with Other Measurement Projects (2017). V-Dem Working Paper 2017:45. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2951014 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2951014

Michael Coppedge (Contact Author)

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

University of Texas at Austin ( email )

2317 Speedway
Austin, TX 78712
United States

Staffan I. Lindberg

University of Gothenburg - Varieties of Democracy Institute ( email )

Sprängkullsgatan 19
Gothenburg, Gothenburg 405 30
Sweden

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

University of Gothenburg - Department of Political Science ( email )

Box 711
Gothenburg, S-405 30
Sweden

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

Svend-Erik Skaaning

Aarhus University ( email )

Bartholins Allé 7
Aarhus, 8000
Denmark

Jan Teorell

Lund University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Department of Political Science
Box 52
Lund, SE 40530
Sweden

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Downloads
307
Abstract Views
976
rank
107,026
PlumX Metrics