Classification and Rating of Democracy: A Comparison
2013 (English)In: Taiwan Journal of Democracy, ISSN 1815-7238, Vol. 9, no 2, 33-54 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study compares three indexes of democracy, the EIU, Freedom House, and Polity IV, and their classifications and ratings of the level of democracy in 157 countries in 2010. The comparison is based on dichotomous, trichotomous, and continuous measures of democracy. The findings show that the three indexes have discrepancies in all comparisons applied in this study. As a consequence, researchers and others who use democracy indexes should be aware that the indexes reach different conclusions concerning their classifications and ratings of democracy. Scholars also should be aware that the indexes favor and disfavor different countries and regions of the world in their ratings of democracy.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 9, no 2, 33-54 p.
Indexes of democracy, comparison, EIU, Freedom House, Polity IV
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-20935OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-20935DiVA: diva2:683064