Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem)

Creator/Principal investigator(s):

Jan Teorell - Lund University, Department of Political Science orcid

Staffan I. Lindberg - University of Gothenburg, Department of Political Science

John Gerring - Boston University, Department of Political Science

Michael Coppedge - University of Notre Dame, Kellogg Institute for International Studies

Svend-Erik Skaaning - Aarhus University

Description:

Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) is a new approach to conceptualizing and measuring democracy. It is a collaboration among more than 50 scholars worldwide which is co-hosted by the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden; and the Kellogg Institute at the University of Notre Dame, USA.

With four Principal Investigators, two Program managers, fifteen Project Managers, more than thirty Regional Managers, almost 200 Country Coordinators, and approximately 2,800 Country Experts, the V-Dem project is one of the largest social science data collection projects focusing on research.

V-Dem collects data for 350+ indicators across a wide range of democracy aspects. Electoral democracy is in the centre and linked to this concept we find six additional dimensions of democracy: liberal, majoritarian, deliberative, participatory, consensual and egalitarian. In addition to a number of main indices, data is broken down into a number of components that are available to the user along with all indicators. Through the unique character of the database, old and new questions about th

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Creator/Principal investigator(s):

Jan Teorell - Lund University, Department of Political Science orcid

Staffan I. Lindberg - University of Gothenburg, Department of Political Science

John Gerring - Boston University, Department of Political Science

Michael Coppedge - University of Notre Dame, Kellogg Institute for International Studies

Svend-Erik Skaaning - Aarhus University

Identifiers:

SND-ID: EXT 0121

Purpose:

The world's largest database on democracy. The database provides 350+ indicators for 177 countries 1900-2016.

Description:

Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) is a new approach to conceptualizing and measuring democracy. It is a collaboration among more than 50 scholars worldwide which is co-hosted by the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden; and the Kellogg Institute at the University of Notre Dame, USA.

With four Principal Investigators, two Program managers, fifteen Project Managers, more than thirty Regional Managers, almost 200 Country Coordinators, and approximately 2,800 Country Experts, the V-Dem project is one of the largest social science data collection projects focusing on research.

V-Dem collects data for 350+ indicators across a wide range of democracy aspects. Electoral democracy is in the centre and linked to this concept we find six additional dimensions of democracy: liberal, majoritarian, deliberative, participatory, consensual and egalitarian. In addition to a number of main indices, data is broken down into a number of components that are available to the user along with all indicators. Through the unique character of the database, old and new questions about th

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Time period(s) investigated:

1900 — ongoing

Geographic spread:

Geographic location: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, South America

Geographic description: Worldwide

Time Method:

Sampling procedure:

Total universe/Complete enumeration

Publications

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Asante, R., Norman, M., Tzelgov, E., & Lindberg, S. I. (2012) "Media in West Africa: A Thematic Report Based on Data 1900-2012", V-Dem Thematic Report Series, No. 1, October 2013. Available online: https://v-dem.net/DemoComp/en/images/TR001MediainWAfricav5.pdf

Cornejo, R. C. & Coppedge, M. (2013) "El Salvador: A Country Report Based on Data 1900-2012", V-Dem Country Report Series, No. 5, November 2013. Available online: https://v-dem.net/DemoComp/en/images/CR005ElSalvador.pdf

Cornejo, R. C., Diop, A. S., & Coppedge, M. (2012) "Senegal: A Country Based Report Based on Data 1900-2012", V-Dem Country Report Series, No. 6, November 2013. Available online: https://v-dem.net/DemoComp/en/images/CR006Senegal.pdf

Hicken, A. (2012) "Myanmar/Burma: A Country Based Report Based on Pilot-Study Data", V-Dem Country Report Series, No. 001, February 2012. Available online: https://v-dem.net/DemoComp/en/images/CR001Burmapilot2012.pdf

Hliang, A. A., Teehankee, J., Wang, Y., Mechkova, V., Ciobanu, V., & Lindberg S. I. (2013) "Myanmar/Burma: A Country Report Based on Data 1900-2012", V-Dem Country Report Series, No. 4, November 2013. Available online: https://v-dem.net/DemoComp/en/images/CR004Burmav4.pdf

Lindberg, S. I., & Boylan, J. C. (2013) "Ghana: A Country Report Based on Pilot-Study Data", V-Dem Country Report Series, No. 002, June 2012. Available online: https://v-dem.net/DemoComp/en/images/CR002Ghanapilot2012.pdf

Teehankee, J., Tiulegenov, M., Wang, Y., Ciobanu, V., & Lindberg, S. I. (2013) "Party System in South and Southeast Asia: A Thematic Report Based on Data 1900-2012", V-Dem Thematic Report Series, No. 2, October 2013. Available online: https://v-dem.net/DemoComp/en/images/TR002PoliticalPartiesinSAv4.pdf

Tiulegenov, M., Tzelgov, E., Mechkova, V., & Lindberg, S. I. (2013) "Georgia: A Country Based Report Based on Data 1900-2012", V-Dem Country Report Series, No. 3, October 2013. Available online: https://v-dem.net/DemoComp/en/images/CR003Georgiav10.pdf

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