Measuring Democracy

Often one finds that people argue their solution is more democratic; how does one know? Some political scientists have looked at measuring democracyness, here’s what I have found.

  1. Democracy continues its disturbing retreat, the Economist in 2018
  2. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s index of democracy by y Laza Kekic dated 2007
  3. CONCEPTUALIZING AND MEASURING DEMOCRACY Evaluating Alternative Indices, by MUNCK & VERKUILEN, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  4. Wikipedia on the Polity IV data series, with a 5 point scale and ranking.

In previous work, particularly, in commenting on the political discourse following Fidel Castro’s death, I have used the World Bank Governance Index. Actually I didn’t coz it didn’t say what I wanted. Ptui.

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