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V-Dem Lunch Seminar with Yuko Kasuya

Research profile seminar

Yuko Kasuya, visiting scholar 9-13 September, will present the paper "Better Regime Cutoffs for Continuous Democracy Measures".


Many vital questions in comparative politics and international relations concern the transition to and from democracy. This tradition makes the measurement of democracy, in particular, the threshold between democracy and non-democracy, a crucial issue. However, the field is filled with arbitrary and inconsistent uses of democracy cutoffs. We examine the validity of the cut points suggested by the most frequently used continuous measures of democracy, namely, Freedom House (FH), Polity, and the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem). Our analyses use the binary measures of democracy as the reference because they reflect a theoretically informed set of conditions of democracy, a feature that is lacking in the continuous measures' cut points. In particular, we presume that preferred threshold should achieve the highest consistency with the binary measures¿ coding when the regime is defined based on that threshold. Our analyses find that such cutoffs are 3.7 for FH, 4.5 for Polity, and 0.42 for VDem, rather than those suggested by the providers of these measures (2.5, 6, and 0.5 respectively).


Yuko Kasuya is a Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Law, Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. Her research interests include democratization, democratic governance, political institutions, accountability and transparency. She is the author of Comparative Politics (in Japanese, Miverva Publishing, 2014) and Presidential Bandwagon: Parties and Party Systems in the Philippines (Keio University Press, 2008/Anvil, 2009). She has also edited Presidents, Assemblies, and Policy-Making in Asia (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013) and Politics of Change in the Philippines (co-edited with Nathan Quimpo, Anvil, 2010). Her articles can be found in Electoral Studies, The Pacific Affairs, and Party Politics. Kasuya holds a PhD in International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego, an MA in Development Studies from Institute of Social Studies (Netherlands), and a BA in Political Science from Keio University. Her research has been funded by the Abe fellowship, Fulbright scholarship, Rotary scholarship, and other sources. She was a visiting scholar at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University April 2009 to March 2011.

Date: 9/11/2019

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Categories: Social Sciences

Organizer: Department of Political Science

Location: B336, Stora Skansen

Contact person: Natalia Stepanova

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