Varieties of Democracy: Measuring a Century of Political Change

Carl Henrik Knutsen has, together with colleagues from the V-Dem project, written an essential user's guide to one of the most ambitious data collection efforts in comparative politics. 

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The Varieties of Democracy project (V-Dem) has sparked a dramatic change in how we study the nature, causes, and consequences of democracy. This book is ambitious in scope: more than a reference guide, it raises standards for causal inferences in democratization research and introduces new, measurable, concepts of democracy and many political institutions. Varieties of Democracy enables anyone interested in democracy - teachers, students, journalists, activists, researchers and others - to analyze V-Dem data in new and exciting ways. This book creates opportunities for V-Dem data to be used in education, research, news analysis, advocacy, policy work, and elsewhere. V-Dem is rapidly becoming the preferred source for democracy data.


Michael Coppedge, University of Notre Dame, John Gerring, University of Texas, Adam Glynn, Emory University, Carl Henrik Knutsen, Universitetet i Oslo, Staffan I. Lindberg, Göteborgs Universitet, Daniel Pemstein, North Dakota State University, Brigitte Seim, University of North Carolina, Svend-Erik Skaaning, Aarhus Universitet, Jan Teorell, Lund Universitet

With David Altman, Michael Bernhard, Fernando Bizzarro, Joshua Krusell, Matthew Maguire, Kyle Marquardt, Kelly McMann, Valeriya Mechkova, Farhad Miri, Josefine Pernes, Jeffrey Staton, Natalia Stepanova, Eitan Tzelgov, Yi-ting Wang

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