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New Insights on Democratization and Authoritarian Stability with V-Dem Data

Comparative Politics
Democratisation
Quantitative
P258
Svend-Erik Skaaning
Aarhus Universitet
Jorgen Moller
Aarhus Universitet

Saturday 16:00 - 17:40 (10/09/2016)

Building: Faculty of Law Floor: 4 Room: FL401

Abstract

According to some scholars and pundits democracy is in decline, whereas others challenge this view and emphasize the progress made compared to the 1980s (Diamond & Plattner 2015 ed.). Against this backdrop, research on causes of democratization or authoritarian stability is pertinent as ever before. Yet, lacking data availability has long limited scope and precision of comparative research in this field. As from December 2015, the new data from the Varieties of Democracy Project will be publicly available. The V-Dem dataset includes 400 distinct and precise indicators of democracy. It covers 174 countries and dependent territories from 1900 to 2012. Thus, the V-Dem data offer unique opportunities to pursue new research agendas or revisit old ones in new ways. This panel welcomes papers that use new data sources to describe and explain historical and recent trends in democratic development.

Title Details
The Engaged Dictator: A Global Perspective on Deliberative Politics and Stability in Autocracies View Paper Details
Patterns of Late colonialism and Democratization in Africa: using V-Dem to measure the long heritage of the colonial state View Paper Details
Making trade-offs visible: Theoretical und methodological considerations about the relationship between dimensions and institutions of democracy and empirical findings View Paper Details
Game Change at Advanced Stages of Democratic Consolidation: Hungary as a Blueprint Case? View Paper Details
The Conditions of Decline of Democracy in Latin America Between 2000 and 2015 View Paper Details