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The Democracy Barometer: a new instrument to measure the quality of democracy and its potential for comparative research

Measuring characteristics of democracy is not an easy task, but anyone who does empirical research on democracy needs good measures. In this article, we present the Democracy Barometer, a new measure that overcomes the conceptual and methodological shortcomings of previous indices. It allows for a description and comparison of the quality of thirty established democracies in the timespan between 1995 and 2005. The article examines its descriptive purposes and demonstrates the potential of this new instrument for future comparative analyses.

Project Number Democracy Barometer
Author(s) Bühlmann, Marc; Wolfgang Merkel; Lisa Müller and Bernhard Weßels
Series/Publication European Political Science 11(1)
Year 2013
Pages 519-536
URL http://www.palgrave-journals.com/eps/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/eps201146a.html
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