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Conceptualizing and Measuring Democracy: A New Approach

  • Michael Coppedge
  • John Gerring
  • David Altman
  • Michael Bernhard
  • Steven Fish
  • Allen Hicken
  • Matthew Kroenig
  • Staffan I. Lindberg
  • Kelly McMann
  • Pamela Paxton
  • Holli A. Semetko
  • Svend-Erik Skaaning
  • Jeffrey Staton
  • Jan Teorell
Publiceringsår: 2011
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 247-267
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Perspectives on Politics
Volym: 9
Nummer: 2
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Cambridge University Press


In the wake of the Cold War, democracy has gained the status of a mantra. Yet there is no consensus about how to conceptualize and measure regimes such that meaningful comparisons can be made through time and across countries. In this prescriptive article, we argue for a new approach to conceptualization and measurement. We first review some of the weaknesses among traditional approaches. We then lay out our approach, which may be characterized as historical, multidimensional, disaggregated, and transparent. We end by reviewing some of the payoffs such an approach might bring to the study of democracy.


  • Political Science


  • Förvaltning - demokrati-lup-obsolete
  • Statsskick och centrala statsorgan-lup-obsolete
  • ISSN: 1541-0986

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