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About V-Dem

To better conceptualize and measure democracy, V-Dem distinguishes among 5 high-level Principles of Democracy:

1. Electoral
2. Liberal
3. Participatory
4. Deliberative and
5. Egalitarian

V-Dem disaggregates these five principles into dozens of lower-level Components of Democracy such as regular elections, judicial independence, direct democracy, and gender equality, and provides disaggregated indicators for each conception and each component.

V-Dem covers all countries (and some dependent territories) from 1789 to the present, whenever possible and provides an estimate of measurement reliability for each rating.

All V-Dem data is made public, free of charge and in a user-friendly interface on our website. These features, taken together, distinguish our project from extant democracy indices.

Benefits of V-Dem's systematic, historical, and disaggregated approach:

  • Provides a full set of indices for each conception and component.
  • Allows scholars and practitioners can construct their own indices to suit their own purposes.
  • Advances our understanding of the historical process of democratization.
  • Advances our understanding of the causes and effects of democracy.
  • Allows for more nuanced understanding than present indicators currently allow.
  • Assists governments, development agencies, and NGOs with country assessments, the design of effective programs, and evaluation of their impact.


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Utskriftsdatum: 2019-12-10