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Empirical Dimensions of Electoral Democracy

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Title: Empirical Dimensions of Electoral Democracy
Authors: Wilson, Matthew C.
Boese, Vanessa A.
Issue Date: Sep-2020
Organization: V-Dem Institute
Series/Report no.: Working Papers
Abstract: This paper investigates conceptual ambiguities concerning the dimensionality of democracy and what it can tell us about political development. We explore variation in components of the Electoral Democracy Index from the Varieties of Democracy Project and evaluate the strength of their relationships to democratization and democratic stability. Factor analysis of these indicators reveals three latent dimensions that have different impacts on regime change. Regimes with greater levels of civic free... more
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