Introducing the Historical Varieties of Democracy Dataset: Political Institutions in the Long 19th Century

39 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2018

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Carl Henrik Knutsen

University of Oslo - Department of Political Science

Jan Teorell

Lund University - Department of Political Science

Agnes Cornell

Department of Political Science, Lund University

John Gerring

University of Texas at Austin

Haakon Gjerløw

University of Oslo, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science, Students

Svend-Erik Skaaning

Aarhus University

Tore Wig

University of Oslo

Daniel Foran Ziblatt

Harvard University - Department of Government

Kyle L. Marquardt

V-Dem Institute, University of Gothenburg

Daniel Pemstein

North Dakota State University; Göteborg University - V-Dem Institute

Brigitte Seim

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill

Date Written: April 2018

Abstract

The Historical Varieties of Democracy Dataset (Historical V-Dem) is a new dataset containing about 260 indicators, both factual and evaluative, describing various aspects of political regimes and state institutions. The dataset covers 91 polities globally – including most large, sovereign states, as well as some semi-sovereign entities and large colonies – from 1789 to 1920 for many cases. The majority of the indicators are also included in the Varieties of Democracy dataset, which covers the period from 1900 to the present – and together these two datasets cover the bulk of “modern history”. Historical V-Dem also includes several new indicators, covering features that are pertinent for 19thcentury polities. We describe the data, the process of coding, and the different strategies employed in Historical V-Dem to cope with issues of reliability and validity and ensure inter-temporal- and cross-country comparability. To illustrate the potential uses of the dataset we provide a descriptive account of patterns of democratization in the “long 19th century.” Finally, we perform an empirical investigation of how inter-state war relates to subsequent democratization.

Suggested Citation

Knutsen, Carl Henrik and Teorell, Jan and Cornell, Agnes and Gerring, John and Gjerløw, Haakon and Skaaning, Svend-Erik and Wig, Tore and Ziblatt, Daniel Foran and Marquardt, Kyle L. and Pemstein, Daniel and Seim, Brigitte, Introducing the Historical Varieties of Democracy Dataset: Political Institutions in the Long 19th Century (April 2018). V-Dem Working Paper 2018:65. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3161309 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3161309

Carl Henrik Knutsen (Contact Author)

University of Oslo - Department of Political Science ( email )

Moltke Moesvei 31
Olso, 0851
Norway

Jan Teorell

Lund University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Department of Political Science
Box 52
Lund, SE 40530
Sweden

Agnes Cornell

Department of Political Science, Lund University ( email )

Box 52
Lund
Sweden

John Gerring

University of Texas at Austin ( email )

2317 Speedway
Austin, TX 78712
United States

Haakon Gjerløw

University of Oslo, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science, Students ( email )

Moltke Moesvei 31
Oslo
Norway

Svend-Erik Skaaning

Aarhus University ( email )

Bartholins Allé 7
Aarhus, 8000
Denmark

Tore Wig

University of Oslo ( email )

PO Box 6706 St Olavs plass
Oslo, N-0317
Norway

Daniel Foran Ziblatt

Harvard University - Department of Government ( email )

1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Kyle L. Marquardt

V-Dem Institute, University of Gothenburg ( email )

Department of Political Science
Sprängkullsgatan 19, PO 711
Gothenburg, SE 40530
Sweden

HOME PAGE: http://v-dem.net

Daniel Pemstein

North Dakota State University ( email )

Fargo, ND 58105
United States

Göteborg University - V-Dem Institute ( email )

United States

Brigitte Seim

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill ( email )

102 Ridge Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
United States

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