More Democracy Data

Christine Wotipka sends along a link to a democracy dataset that I hadn’t seen before:  “Democracy and Dictatorship Revisited.”  It covers 1946-2008 for over 200 countries.  The dataset was recommended by her colleague James Vreeland as having significant advantages over the Freedom House and Polity measures.

https://sites.google.com/site/joseantoniocheibub/datasets/democracy-and-dictatorship-revisited

The dataset is described in the following paper (also available via the link):  Cheibub, José Antonio, Jennifer Gandhi, and James Raymond Vreeland. 2010. “Democracy and Dictatorship Revisited.” Public Choice, vol. 143, no. 2-1, pp. 67-101.

I haven’t had a chance to compare with other datasets.  But, the democracy variable seems to focus on elections (method of executive/legislative selection, updating Banks) and competitive political parties.  Definitely looks useful.

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